COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR WHARF PROJECT

Narooma residents are invited to give their feedback on a new $4 million wharf as plans for the project are put on public display.


The project is part of the NSW Government’s $205 million package to deliver major improvements to maritime infrastructure for commercial vessels, tour operators and boating enthusiasts.


Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the Government was committed to updating and transforming ageing maritime infrastructure and facilities across the state to enable people to safely access, use and navigate coastal waters and rivers.


“Community consultation on the detailed planning documents for the construction of the Narooma wharf is underway and I encourage everyone in the local and broader communities to provide their feedback,” Mr Elliott said.


“This is an important part of the planning process and gives local residents and businesses the opportunity to help shape the final outcome by providing information about specific needs of their community.


“Narooma wharf is currently used by tour boat operators, commercial fishing vessels, tourists and the local community. Providing a new modern first class maritime facility helps local businesses, tourism, and economic growth by continuing to attract boating and watercraft enthusiasts to the area,” Mr Elliott said.

The project plan includes the demolition of the deteriorating wharf and construction of a 143m long new main wharf. The new wharf project will also involve:


 installation of a 10-metre-long lower-level landing with stairs connecting to the main wharf and shore level which will provide safer access for users boarding boats during high and low tides


 installation of a sewage pump-out facility for tour boats


 upgrade of fire-fighting facilities, utilities and electrical outlets

Benefits of the new wharf include:


 improved access for commercial, industrial and recreational vessels


 enhanced use of maritime infrastructure for recreational and tourism purposes


 improved safety for vessels, passengers and pedestrians


 improved access, particularly for users with mobility impairments and parents/carers with prams.


The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) will be on public display until Thursday 16 June 2022.


Interested community members will be able to speak directly to the project team during two public information sessions at the Narooma Sports and Leisure Centre, on Thursday 26 May, 6pm-8pm and Saturday 28 May, 2pm-4pm.

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