Community Notice: Kanahooka Jetties and Dix's Wharf
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands (Crown Lands) 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.
Crown Lands is investing $1.7 million to support repairs and upgrade work on a range of Lake IIlawarra jetties, so they can be used by the community.
Community feedback was gathered via online surveys throughout September to help determine priority jetty upgrades by Crown Lands and identify if all jetty structures are still required by the community.
Community feedback gave strong support to retaining the existing arrangement at Dix’s Wharf. However, community feedback for the Kanahooka boat ramp jetties was less clear, and it is proposed to combine the 2 most popular options.
More details on the community feedback are provided below.
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Kanahooka Boat Ramp Jetties
Crown Lands has now closed the survey to provide feedback for the Kanahooka Boat Ramp Jetties on Lake Illawarra at Kanahooka repair works. Thank you for providing your feedback.
The main aim is to make the location safe to the public.
There were 3 design options shared with the community for feedback. Each option differs in its treatment of the boat ramp, jetties and amenities.
The proposed treatment of the jetties for each option is described below:
- Option 1 – The jetties are to be retained and repaired in their current form, with minor modification to bring them up to modern standard where appropriate.
- Option 2 – The existing jetties would be removed, and the boat ramp would be widened, with a new central floating pontoon for water vehicle access.
- Option 3 – The existing jetties would be removed, with the boat ramp otherwise retained.
Based on the outcome of the options survey for Kanahooka boat ramp jetties, it is proposed to repair the western jetty and replace the eastern jetty with a floating pontoon (combination of Option 1 and 2).
Option 1 was to repair both existing jetties. This option received about 64% of votes. Option 2 was to remove both jetties and construct a single floating pontoon in the centre of a widened boat ramp. This option received 35% of votes.
Two common themes came through on commentary regarding both options. Firstly, there was a distinction between user groups – boaters and fishers. Secondly, access problems were raised by boaters using the existing jetties.
A hybrid option (referred to as Option 4) is now proposed to repair the west jetty and replace the east jetty with a floating pontoon in a location more useable for boaters. This will allow the same space as currently exists for both user groups while also providing a new pontoon for easier and safer access for boaters.
Crown Lands has now closed the survey to provide feedback on repair works for Dix’s Wharf at Lake Heights. Thank you for providing feedback.
The main aim is to make Dix's Wharf safe to the public.
Crown Lands proposed 3 design options for Dix’s Wharf.
Each option differs in its treatment of the jetty, and in the style of landscaping proposed for the land area adjacent.
The proposed treatment of the jetty for each option is described below:
- Option 1 – The jetty is to be retained and repaired in its current form, with minor modification to bring it up to modern standard where appropriate.
- Option 2 – The jetty would be removed with only historical elements remaining. Landscaping and historical educational signage would be installed.
- Option 3 – Most of the existing jetty would be removed, with a new realigned jetty located at the east of the site, which would connect to the original jetty ‘head’.
Based on the outcome of the options survey for Dix’s Wharf, it is proposed to repair the existing structure after the survey attracted overwhelming support (95% of responses) for Option 1.
The department aims to complete these repair works by 30 June 2022, weather and environmental approvals permitting. A more detailed program of jetty repair works will be announced over the coming months.