In 2014, Crown Lands inherited 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 infrastructure to set priorities for improvements. This work will keep the community safe and support recreational experiences at Lake Illawarra.
The Windang Jetties were installed by the former Lake Illawarra Authority, along with multiple other jetty structures
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, significantly undermining the piers of the jetties and contributing to their collapse.
Emergency works on the Windang Jetties
Works to remove jetty structures that collapsed off the Windang foreshore due to erosion were completed in late 2022.
The department will undertake investigations to determine if a temporary or permanent jetty can be rebuilt at this location.
Wollongong and Shellharbour councils, with input from the department, are developing a Lake Illawarra entrance management plan which will include options to manage foreshore erosion going forward.
Program of jetty works
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.
Work has been completed at the following 6 jetties:
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
Two public jetties at Kanahooka Boat Ramp have undergone more than $138,073 in upgrades to bring them to modern standards.
The eastern and western jetties have been upgraded with their timber decks replaced with durable non-slip mesh. The boat ramp, pedestrian path and fish cleaning facilities have been retained as part of the upgrades.
The $814,863 upgrade of Dix's Wharf involved a complete replacement of the timber structure including installation of a non-slip fibre-mesh walkway.
A new public access path was also constructed for better access to the boat ramp and water, and new seat benches have been installed in an adjoining parkland grassed area.
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.
Other work around Lake Illawarra
Crown Lands has also undertaken works around Lake Illawarra to provide more green public space, protect local reserves from coastal erosion, and consulted with the community on major amenity upgrades.
In 2021, Crown Lands invested $400,000 to remove a block of derelict units and expand a waterfront reserve in Judbooley Reserve at Windang.
Crow Lands engaged an Indigenous company from Nowra, ALI Civil, to remove a two-storey block of derelict units at 17 Judbooley Parade, as well as weeds and dead trees.
Landscaping was carried out in consultation with the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council, including an open-space grassed area with trees and native shrubs.
In 2021, $273,000 was invested in 180 metres of seawall work at Windang near Oaklands Village. This followed a previous investment of $700,000 in about 800 metres of seawall work to protect against foreshore erosion.
Completion of this work minimises the reserve from further erosion as well as adjoining footpaths and private properties.
We have been conducting feedback on the future of Berkeley boat harbour at Lake Illawarra as we start to develop a masterplan for the site.
This was a chance for residents to have their say on what improvements they would like to see at the boat harbour to make it more user friendly and appealing.
Input from the survey will help inform a redesign of the harbour and its surrounds to provide a revitalised precinct with better functioning public spaces and facilities.
For more information about the project, view Have your say on Berkeley Boat Harbour.