The Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension Project has taken an important step forward with the release of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public comment.
The $44million project will enable cruise ships over 300 metres in length to berth alongside the upgraded wharf, providing a boost to the local and regional economy.
The work is expected to increase employment during the construction phase and lead to around 86 ongoing jobs in tourism, hospitality, aquaculture and stevedoring, as well as increasing business for local shops, restaurants and hospitality providers.
The Eden breakwater wharf project will include extending the existing wharf by approximately 95 metres, installation of three mooring dolphins and two berthing dolphins, installation of landside bollards, dredging of approximately 260,000m3 of material, and installation of utilities (lighting, power and potable water).
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the major infrastructure project is a significant investment to drive economic activity in the south east of the state.
“This EIS has been prepared to ensure construction and operation of the wharf and surrounding works adheres to strict environmental guidelines,” Mr Constance said.
“While we know the boost this project will provide to local jobs and businesses, it’s important that the project is built and operated in a way that minimises any environmental impacts.”
The project is fully funded with the support of the NSW Government ($32 million), Australian Government ($10 million) and Bega Valley Shire Council ($2 million).
The Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension EIS is on public exhibition until December 16.
To review the documents and make a submission visit the Department of Planning and Environment’s website: www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au. Hard copies of the EIS will also be on public display at Bega Valley Shire Council’s local libraries.
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