$2.3m works begin at Iluka
MEMBER for Clarence Chris Gulaptis has announced the start of a $2.3 million program to upgrade the Iluka breakwater and dredge the boat harbour. "The NSW Government's coastal infrastructure program supports both commercial fishing fleets and leisure boating along our coastline through repairs to maritime assets on Crown land such as breakwaters, training walls, and mooring and berthing facilities, as well as navigational dredging," Mr Gulaptis said. The breakwater at Iluka helps train the river entrance and is popular with locals and tourists, so the upgrade will be a boost to the local tourism industry and the broader regional economy. It will take about five months to place up to 20,000 tonnes of rock sized between five and 10 tonnes over the end 300 metres of the breakwater and around the head and a 2.4 metre wide path will be constructed along the first 500 metres of the crest of the breakwater to improve pedestrian access. for walking and fishing. To ensure public safety the works will require restricted access from Queen Street to the breakwater and the access track for the duration of the project. In preparation for the project a comprehensive environmental assessment was completed and approved. The $2 million breakwater repair contract has been awarded to The JDS Group, with the construction phase of the project managed by NSW Public Works. Dredging the boat harbour will also commence this month to improve navigable safety from the Clarence River. Approximately 27,000 cubic metres of clean marine sand will be pumped from the Iluka Harbour approach channel to Iluka Main Beach where the sand will be used to renourish the southern end of the beach. The $313,000 dredging contract has been awarded to Neumann Contractors."