Com­ple­tion date shifted to next year

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

WORKS to the north­ern break­wa­ter, which was meant to be fin­ished around Novem­ber, has re­sumed af­ter weeks of de­lay.

But the com­ple­tion date will likely be moved to some­time next year.

Coffs Har­bour MP An­drew Fraser said the rea­son for the de­lay was a short­age of large rocks.

He said rocks weigh­ing be­tween eight to 10 tonnes were needed for the bot­tom part of the wall, which would help scrub en­ergy from large waves dur­ing heavy swells.

Mr Fraser said there was com­pe­ti­tion for rocks, with up­grades to the Pa­cific Hwy de­mand­ing large quan­ti­ties.

He said nearby busi­nesses were frus­trated.

Con­struc­tion work had also con­fused tourists. Dana An­drews from Jef­frey Baker Art said vis­i­tors to Coffs were of­ten un­sure of whether they could still ac­cess Mut­ton­bird Is­land.

While con­struc­tion is on­go­ing, ac­cess to Mut­ton­bird Is­land is via the ma­rina board walk.

Mr Fraser said the break­wa­ter will open over the De­cem­ber hol­i­days when con­struc­tion stops, al­low­ing more ob­vi­ous ac­cess to one of Coffs’ most iconic na­ture re­serves.

PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

ROCK SHORT­AGE: Coffs Har­bour MP An­drew Fraser says a short­age of large rocks has de­layed up­grades to the north­ern break­wa­ter.

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