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$25 million wharf construction begins in Eden.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Fran Bailey, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

 

29 Apr 2002 MIN 171/02

$25 million Wharf Construction Begins in Eden Construction has begun on the $25 million Twofold Bay multi-purpose wharf and is the first visible step in a project that will bring millions of dollars into the Eden and Bega Valley regions.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Fran Bailey, said the wharf is part of a $40 million defence project that will meet the Navy’s long term logistic and ammunitioning requirements for its east coast based fleet.

"This is an enormous boon for the Eden and Bega Valley regions, maximising employment opportunities, including in the indigenous community, and potentially attracting an additional $5m of private investment in the region," Ms Bailey said.

"The Navy will use the wharf for between 45-70 days a year and it will be available for public use when not required by Defence under an agreement struck between the Federal Government and the NSW State Government," she said.

"I look forward to the completion of the wharf and its commissioning late next year. The multi-purpose wharf will be a significant national infrastructure asset and will facilitate regional economic development. I am confident it will meet the Navy's needs and also provide a much-needed boost to employment," Ms Bailey said.

Ms Bailey acknowledged the strong advocacy and support for the project by the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn.

Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Ltd was awarded the $25 million design and construction contract for the project in late December 2001 with a planned completion date of September 2003. The contractor is now approaching local sub-contractors with a view to sourcing local construction materials and services.

Earlier this week the state-of-the-art Port of Brisbane dredge vessel arrived for the start of dredging of the ship-turning basin in the East Boyd Bay section of Twofold Bay.

Dredging is the first of the main construction activities that will include setting of steel wharf and jetty piles, construction of wharf and jetty superstructure, construction of wharf access road and provision of services to wharf.

All construction activities will be done in accordance with a Construction Environmental Management Plan that incorporates the environmental guidelines issued by Environment Australia and the conditions of consent issued by Planning NSW.

Media Contact:

Matt Stafford (Fran Bailey) 02 6277 4433 or 0407 100 521

Gary Nairn 02 6297 3952 or 0419 420 108

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