Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ulladulla: a boater’s dream

Ulladulla HarbourMember for South Coast Shelley Hancock joined with Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley on 8 December 2017 to officially open the newly upgraded working jetty at Ulladulla Harbour funded under the Department of Industry – Crown Lands and Water Coastal Infrastructure Program.

Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government’s $790,000 upgrade of the Ulladulla Working T Jetty had required repairs due to the natural deterioration of the jetty, which was built forty years ago in 1977.

“The now complete repairs mean the jetty can better withstand the harsh marine environment and remain in use by commercial fishers for decades to come,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The work required an overhaul of some of the concrete headstocks and edge beams that make up the structure of the jetty.

“There were also significant repairs made to the system that prevents metal corrosion, which can weaken the structure.

“The work was technically complex and needed to be completed largely during low tides and in such a way as to minimise the impact on tuna fishers who needed continued access to the jetty during the project.

“The jetty repairs ensure that these important facilities are now in good condition for use by the Fishermen’s Cooperative and other harbour users in UlladulUlladulla Harbourla.

“The works represent a significant investment by the NSW Government in our regional economy and will support both commercial fishing fleets and recreational boating.

“Substantial investment has been made in maritime infrastructure across the South Coast, totalling more than $5 million.

“A $358,000 boating project to improve access to Ulladulla Harbour is also now complete in time for the festive season.

“The NSW Government provided $345,000 towards improvements of the Northern Boat Ramp under the successful Boating Now program.

“The major upgrade involved widening the existing northern boat ramp and building a low level jetty. It means the boat ramp is safer, more user friendly and will cater for all tidal conditions, especially during times of extreme weather events.

“The more modern and accessible infrastructure will also take pressure off the southern harbour boat ramp where parking spaces are limited.

“An investment of $195,000 has also seen the recent completion to boating facilities at Lake Conjola with further works planned for the future, and completion last year of the $1.2 million Huskisson Wharf and $700,000 upgrade of the Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp.

“These upgrades are great examples of what can be achieved by working with local government and community organisations to improve maritime infrastructure and boating facilities to the benefit of all,” Mrs Hancock said.

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