The Tathra Wharf was constructed in 1862 and as one of the few remaining coastal deep water wharves of the coastal shipping era is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. The wharf sustained significant damage during the 2016 east coast low event, which necessitated $500,000 of urgent repair works. As part of these works a structural inspection, by a marine structural engineer and divers, was undertaken of the supporting sub-structure. This assessment identified that a significant proportion of the sub-structure (piles) and structure (girders and decking) of the wharf had deteriorated to such a degree that major restoration work was urgently required. Detailed condition assessments were subsequently undertaken.
Under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program, Bega Valley Shire Council was awarded $7.81 million (including GST) to contribute towards the wharf restoration, upgrade of the Tathra Wharf and Headland precinct.
The project will be completed in two separate portions:
Tathra Wharf is an iconic structure situated in a prominent position on Tathra Headland. Today the wharf remains an important piece of infrastructure for the local economy, in particular as a tourist attraction as well as a fishing and recreational asset.
The purpose of this project is to undertake major restoration works to the wharf and building to address the deterioration and structural deficiencies identified in the detailed condition assessments, to ensure the long- term preservation of this important asset.
The project objectives are to:
The key benefits of the project are:
Bega Valley Shire Council has received $7.81 million (including GST) grant funding from the NSW Government’s Stimulus Package to support regional economies to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. A major portion of this funding will be put towards the wharf restoration project.
This project is identified in the Community Strategic Plan under:
The project is identified in the Delivery Program 2017-2022 under:
Bega Valley Shire Council
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