Crown Lands

Restoration work begins on Tathra Wharf

Media Release | 2 November 2022

The first stage of a multi-million dollar restoration of Tathra Wharf has got underway to ensure the local tourism icon is enjoyed by the community and visitors for generations to come.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government is investing $7.81 million via Crown Lands to support the wharf upgrade.

“The heritage-listed Tathra Wharf has become part of the character of the South Coast and this work will soon restore it to all its glory,” Mr Anderson said.

“The upgrade is supporting jobs in the region while ensuring this much-loved piece of community infrastructure can remain a drawcard for tourists and locals alike.”

Bega Valley Shire Council Assets and Operations Director, Ian Macfarlane, said a six-stage works program will be delivered by contractor GPM Marine Constructions based on a detailed condition assessment carried out by marine engineers and divers in consultation with Heritage NSW.

“The works will essentially be ‘like-for-like’ and include repair or replacement of piles, structural timbers and decking, concrete footings and pads plus many ancillary items such as the handrails, stock race and ladders,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The scope of the works also recognises the importance of the marine ecology beneath the wharf and includes harm minimisation measures, such as seahorse relocation by accredited divers and marine growth preservation and promotion of recolonisation.”

Stage one works will involve the replacement of the stockyards and part of the stock race, as this will be used as the main public access to the wharf for fishers and visitors during later stages.

The contractor will initially work from the wharf ramp, which was replaced after damage from a 2016 east coast low weather event, and then across the remainder of the wharf.

Work on Tathra Wharf is expected to take about 12 months to complete, weather permitting.

Once the substructure restoration is finished, the wharf building will undergo works on cladding, weatherproofing and utility services which will require a separate heritage approval and tender process.

The Tathra Wharf restoration program is funded under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package.

Restoration work has begun on Tathra wharf.
Restoration work has begun on Tathra wharf.