Wednesday 21 September 2016
Bega Valley Shire Council is forging ahead with vital repair works to the Tathra Wharf following significant damage caused during June’s major storm.
With funding options still uncertain after a refusal to pay from wharf owners, NSW Crown Lands, the Council is continuing with plans to have the wharf repaired and fully accessible before the busy summer season.
Council’s Director of Transport and Utilities, Terry Dodds said that resolving the insurance claim is likely to be a lengthy process, and starting the peak season with the wharf in its current state is not acceptable.
“The outcome of the insurance claim is uncertain, so our only option is to start repairs now and work hard to recoup any funds spent on the works. This is the best outcome for the Tathra community,” he said.
“This is a historic landmark that reflects the character and heritage of our local coastline, so restoring it to operational level again is a priority for Council.”
Specialist marine construction contractor, GPM Constructions has been engaged to undertake the works and they have already started removing the lifted and damaged deck.
Following removal of the damaged deck, substructure repairs will begin before installation of a new hardwood deck.
Mr Dodds said that all new decking and substructure components will be crafted from ironbark, an extremely durable timber, and all construction methods will be in keeping with the heritage character of the structure.
“We are also intending to reuse salvageable decking removed from the damaged area to replace deteriorated decking in other parts of the wharf,” Mr Dodds said.
Works will take an estimated 8 to 10 weeks, but is dependent on weather and coastal conditions.
Access to the wharf during the works period will be possible via the “cattle race” on the western side of the wharf building. Council staff are currently working with the Locavore Café owners in relation to a possible re-opening date. The Museum will continue to open during the construction period.
The contractors work area extends into the turning area at the end of the wharf access road, so vehicle manoeuvre space is limited.
Photograph: Contractors, GPM Constructions start repair works on the Tathra Wharf.