Council is forging ahead with vital repair works to the Tathra Wharf following significant damage caused during June’s storm.
With funding options still uncertain after a refusal to pay from wharf owners, NSW Crown Lands, council is continuing with plans to have the wharf repaired and fully accessible before the summer season. Council’s director of transport and utilities, Terry Dodds said starting the peak season with the wharf in its current state is not acceptable.
“The outcome of the insurance claim is uncertain, so our only option is to start repairs now and work hard to recoup any funds spent on the works. This is the best outcome for the Tathra community,” he said. “This is a historic landmark that reflects the character and heritage of our local coastline, so restoring it is a priority for council.”
GPM Constructions has been engaged to undertake the works which will take an estimated eight to 10 weeks, but is dependent on weather and coastal conditions.
Access to the wharf during the works will be possible via the “cattle race” on the western side of the building. Council staff are working with the Locavore Café owners in relation to a possible re-opening date. The Museum will continue to open during the construction period.