Snug Cove Safe Harbour Marina Project: An Update

The project is nearly back on track after delays caused by an apparent cost blow out and subsequent withdrawal by the company that had been asked to tender for the construction of the attenuator.

Without a wave attenuator, a marina will not be possible in Snug Cove. 

However, POEM has received compelling evidence indicating that the proposed fixed panel wave attenuator that has absorbed so much Government and POEM time and money in recent years can be built within the budget of $19m. > More

POEM Media Release: Eden Safe Harbour Project Moves Ahead

The future of the Snug Cove marina depends on the design of the attenuator.

The commencement of the attenuator construction phase of the Safe Harbour Project is getting closer, POEM Secretary, Rob Bain said today. As a consequence a new Eden marina industry with marina linked jobs and investment is, also, that much closer.

$10 million from the NSW Government for the attenuator is making the whole project possible.

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IMC EOI Review

“The proposed attenuator alignment would lead to the loss of about 100 berths relative to the 170 berth marine concept … making the marina non-commercial at 70 berths. Also, we have strong doubts as to the “moderate” wave climate being suitable for a marina where maximum wave heights in the protected area could well be in excess of 1m.”

International Marine Consultants’ Wave Attenuator Contract EOI Review (PDF)

Eden Marina Project Underway At Last

The NSW Government has advised the Port of Eden Community Liaison Group (23 August 2017) that it will be calling for expressions of interest for a wave attenuator in Snug Cove in October this year.
The EOI process will be followed by calling tenders for construction.
This is welcome news for the Eden community and the Port of Eden Marina Association (POEM).  Years of studies, meetings and lobbying – plus the ongoing support from Andrew Constance – are at last paying off.
Eden is the only deepwater port for small vessels in South East NSW and East Gippsland. The addition of a safe harbour in Snug Cove will be very welcome by permanent and transiting boats, including the Sydney-Hobart fleet.
The main criteria for the attenuator will be creating the maximum protected area in Snug Cove without impacting on the berthing pocket for the cruise ships and ensuring that marina wave requirements are met.
While the visual impact of the attenuator may, initially, be quite stark, once the Snug Cove Safe Harbour is more or less full of boats, both the appearance and value of the attenuator to Eden will become very obvious.

Ministers tour Eden wharf, firing ‘a rocket’ at bureaucratic delays to extension

Andrew Constance (Member for Bega, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure) and Paul Toole (Minister for Lands and Forestry) came to Eden last Monday, 5 June, to announce that the dredging would start soon and be followed up by construction of the wharf extension for the cruise ships and the attenuator for the marina.

They stressed that the overall Eden port development comprises both the cruise ship and safe harbour/marina components.

Ministers are clearly frustrated by the bureaucratic delays in commencing the project.

They were also adamant that the attenuator must be very robust as they do not want to risk spending money on a structure that may not withstand a major storm. They appeared to effectively rule out Lands’ earlier concept of a floating attenuator.

The discussions that we had with the Wild Oats people during and just after the Sydney-Hobart have paid off as Andrew Constance highlighted the importance of Eden having a safe harbour with marina berths in case the race hits a serious storm.

The below link to the Eden Magnet website story provides a good overview of the visit.

http://www.edenmagnet.com.au/story/4712306/ministers-tour-eden-wharf-firing-a-rocket-at-bureaucratic-delays-to-extension/