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Breakwater works resume after delay

Repair works to the southern breakwater at Yamba have resumed after a delay attributed to problems with rock supply. Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the work is part of the NSW Government’s Coastal Infrastructure Program designed to restore dilapidated coastal facilities, and is expected to be completed by October this year. “This project involves repairing sections of the breakwater along the river and ocean side, as well as the end 100m of the breakwater, which is in poor condition,” Mr Gulaptis said. Mr Gulaptis said around 30,000 tonnes of rock was required to complete the work. “Work commenced in August 2016 and took a break over the summer school holidays, but issues around rock supply caused further delays,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The breakwater crest and slopes will be repaired with additional armour and crest treatment to ensure the integrity of the structure and maintain the navigability of the Clarence River channel. “Public access to the breakwater crest will be closed for the duration of the work, however, access will be intermittently opened outside of working hours, subject to risk assessments by the contractor. “River entrance breakwaters are highly valued by locals and visitors who enjoy fishing, walking and sightseeing in the area, so I appreciate the community’s patience while this vital infrastructure project is completed,” he said.