Work is about to commence on the breakwater at the mouth of the Clarence River in Yamba.
The NSW Department of Industry – Lands (DoI Lands) has identified the breakwater as an “at-risk structure due to the dilapidated state of the head section, a result of significant storm damage”.
“In its current state, the structure is at risk of failure during a major coastal storm and poses a threat to the public,” a Dol Lands fact sheet states.
“The proposed repair work will ensure the integrity of the structure remains, maintaining the navigability of the Clarence River channel.
“The work will also improve access along the crest for the general public after completion.”
Haslin Constructions has been engaged to complete the works, which includes the estimated placement of more than 50,000 tonnes of rock armour.
The works cover the eastern most 750m of the breakwater; the rocks will be delivered by truck and placed by an excavator.
“During construction works, various parts of the breakwater will be closed to public access,” the fact sheet states.
“Outside of construction hours, some sections of the breakwater may be open to the public unless there is safety or other issues requiring closure.”
The work is due to be completed before Christmas 2016, weather permitting.
Public access is restricted during approved working hours (Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm, Sunday between 8am and 1pm).
For more information contact Andy Hartley, DoI Lands Coastal Engineer, on 0417 639 305 or visit www.crownland.nsw.gov.au