Crown Lands

Lake Illawarra Jetties

In 2014, Crown Lands inherited 17 jetties and other assets in and around Lake Illawarra from the former Lake Illawarra Authority. We have been undertaking operational management of reserves and assessing the condition of built structures to set priorities for infrastructure improvements. This work will keep the community safe and support recreational experience at Lake Illawarra.

We consulted with the community on the jetty upgrade program over 2 stages in 2020, with feedback used to inform priority works.

The NSW Government allocated $2.2 million to fund repairs and upgrade work on Lake Illawarra jetties.

As part of this work, $636,750 of work has been completed at the following 4 jetties:

Old Merinda Wharf

$69,475 was used for repair work on Old Merinda Wharf. Works included replacement of deteriorated structural beams, repairs to timber piles, installation of a non-slip mesh surface on the timber deck and erosion control work under the structure.

 

Old Merinda Wharf

 

Tuggerah Bay Jetty

$156,125 was used to repair and upgrade Tuggerah Bay Jetty. Works included installation of a non-slip mesh surface, replacement of structural elements as needed, such as headstocks, joists, decks and other fittings.

 

Tuggerah Bay Jetty

 

Koonawarra Bay Jetty

$249,250 was used to repair and upgrade Koonawarra Bay Jetty. Works included installation of a non-slip mesh surface, replacement of structural elements as needed, such as headstocks, joists, decks and other fittings.

 

Koonawarra Bay Jetty

 

Purry Burry Jetty

$161,900 was used to repair and upgrade Purry Burry Bay Jetty. Works included installation of a non-slip mesh surface, replacement of structural elements as needed, such as headstocks, joists, decks and other fittings.

 

Purry Burry Jetty

 

A further $1.2 million is committed to 2 more jetties:

  • Kanahooka Jetties and Dix's Wharf

The department has sought community feedback on Kanahooka Jetties and Dix’s Wharf, which are among priority upgrades to a number of public jetties in Lake Illawarra.

For more information on this project, please visit: Kanahooka Jetties and Dix's Wharf

Windang Jetty

Windang Jetty is one of the many jetty infrastructures installed by the former Lake Illawarra Authority. 

Unlike other locations in Lake Illawarra, the energy and erosion associated with the artificial opening of the lake are extremely high.  The high energy at this location is unique to the Windang foreshore and the lake entrance and has significantly undermined the piers of the jetty and contributed to its collapse.  

Emergency works on the Windang Jetty

Crown Lands inspected the site on 10 October 2022 and closed off the site to protect public safety. 

The department is planning to remove the damaged jetty to improve public safety and navigation and will undertake the emergency works as soon as a contractor can be engaged.

If a temporary or permanent jetty is to be reinstated at this location, significant ancillary foreshore stabilisation works will need to be undertaken.  This is not a quick solution and will require detailed technical investigations and planning to investigate if a jetty is feasible.  There is potential that the investigations will not support any jetty in this location due to inherent risks.

King Street Jetty

The NSW Government invested $2.5 million to repair and reopen King Street jetty and boat skid ramp on Lake Illawarra at Warrawong. The work included upgrades to the market car park, fencing, and installation of security cameras at Northcliffe Drive.

The repairs and upgrade work was funded by the Department of Planning and Environment which manages 32ha of government-owned land on the Lake Illawarra foreshore at Warrawong, inherited from the former Lake Illawarra Authority.