Community Notice: Kanahooka Jetties and Dix's Wharf

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands (Crown Lands) is seeking community feedback on Kanahooka Jetties and Dix’s Wharf, which are among priority upgrades to a number of public jetties in Lake Illawarra.

The NSW Government has allocated $1.7 million from its COVID-19 stimulus program to support repairs and upgrade work on Lake IIlawarra jetties, so they can be used by the community.

Community feedback will help determine priority jetty upgrades and identify if all jetty structures are still required by the community.

This information will help confirm the preferred option for a program of jetty repair works.

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Kanahooka Boat Ramp Jetties

Crown Lands is planning to undertake major repair works to Kanahooka Boat Ramp Jetties on Lake Illawarra at Kanahooka, and is seeking community input to inform the final design of the structure and surrounds. Crown Lands is at an early stage of determining what this might look like.

The main aim is to make the location safe to the public.

Kanahooka boat ramp aerial view

Design options

Currently, there are three design options we want to share 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.

Crown Lands’ preferred option is Option 2. This option will provide safe loading and unloading for boats, provide access for people of all abilities, provide access for two boats at the same time, and provide sheltered access for boats during easterly or westerly winds. It is also the most cost efficient of the jetty options, has the least impact on marine sea grasses, and reduces the footprint of the facility in the lake.

Community feedback

Crown Lands is seeking input from local community members to inform the design of the structure and surrounds.

Crown Lands is interested in receiving public submissions at an early stage in the design process.

Have your say

Submissions must be received by midnight 30 September 2021.


Dix’s Wharf

Crown Lands is planning to undertake major repair works to Dix’s Wharf on Lake Illawarra at Lake Heights, and is seeking community input to inform the final design of the structure and surrounds. Crown Lands is at an early stage of determining what this might look like.

The main aim is to make Dix's Wharf safe to the public.

Dix's Wharf aerial view

Design options

Crown Lands is currently proposing three 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’.

The Department’s preferred option is Option 1. This option will reinstate safe access to the most recent arrangement, preserve historically important stone piers and enhance the use of the platform. It is also the most cost efficient of the jetty options and does not increase impact on marine sea grasses.

Community Consultation

Crown Lands is seeking input from local community members to inform the design of the structure and surrounds.

Crown Lands is interested in receiving public submissions at an early stage in the design process.

Have your say

Submissions must be received by midnight 30 September 2021.


Next Steps

All community feedback is valued by the Department. Your feedback will be considered in deciding the future repair works at Kanahooka Jetties and Dix’s Wharf.

The program of jetty repair works will be announced following the consolidation of feedback received from the online survey.