WELCOME news for boaties in the Tea Gardens area, as work is scheduled to commence this month to install a second pontoon on Marine Drive.
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Known for its great fishing and spectacular Myall River backdrop, Tea Gardens is a haven for local boating enthusiasts and hordes of visitors to the area, and will soon be home to a new pontoon.
Works will be undertaken from 20 August to prepare for the installation of the new structure, expected to be in place early October weather permitting. Carried out by contractors under MidCoast Council supervision, the initial phase through to mid-September includes piling and ancillary works. Signage will be in place, with minor disruption for pedestrians around the worksite, opposite Tillermans Café on Marine Drive.
“Our region is well known for a diverse range of recreational activities based around our waterways”, said Rhett Pattison, MidCoast Council’s Manager, Projects and Engineering. “Residents in Tea Gardens and the many tourists who visit during our warmer months will make extensive use of the new facility, which we’re aiming to have opened to coincide with the October school holidays”.
Installation of the new pontoon will be undertaken from mid-September through to the first week of October.
As part of the project a shelter will be constructed on the existing public wharf, also located on Marine Drive, to provide protection against the elements for users of this popular boat launching facility. Use of the wharf will not be impacted, but minor disruptions for pedestrian traffic can be expected.
“While we’ve worked with our contractors to minimise inconvenience, locals should remain alert to construction crews and equipment in the vicinity”, Rhett added.
This project is part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to improving infrastructure across the region, and is funded by the NSW Boating Now program, an initiative of Roads and Maritime Services.
For more information about recreational facilities across the region, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au or call into your local Visitor Information Centre.