$7.1 million for Tathra Wharf upgrade

Media release | 5 November 2020

The NSW Government has announced it will provide $7.1 million from its COVID-19 stimulus program toward the repair and upgrade of the historic Tathra Wharf.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the funding would support the replacement of piers, building upgrades, and upgrades to car parking and amenities at the site while supporting jobs and the local economy.

“Tathra Wharf is an icon and a recreation and tourism magnet that offers a great spot for fishing or a bite to eat, taking in the sweeping coastline views and marine life, or just enjoying a weekend promenade to get some sun and fresh air,” Mr Constance said.

“Unfortunately the wharf has seen better days since suffering extensive storm damage from massive waves generated by an east coast low in June 2016 that virtually lifted its deck from its pylons.

“I’m very pleased to report that the NSW Government will be providing $7.1 million from the COVID-19 stimulus fund to support Bega Valley Shire Council’s efforts to restore this important piece of coastal and cultural infrastructure.

“$2.13 million of the restoration funding will be provided in 2020/21 followed by the remaining $4.97 million in 2021/22 to provide a big boost for our region.”

Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Councillor Russell Fitzpatrick said that the funding supplied by the NSW Government will allow council as the Crown Land managers of this iconic site, to give it the restoration it deserves.

“We would have been unable to complete the works without the funding, leaving the wharf at risk of further damage,” said Cr Fitzpatrick.

“Council are now able to get on with the project, give locals and visitors continued access without future safety concerns and restore the Wharf as it deserves.

“The Wharf upgrades will further complement the amazing Tathra Headland walking track and remain a strong drawcard for the town well into the future,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.

The heritage-listed Tathra Wharf has a colourful history dating back to its original construction as a shipping terminal in the early 1860s following commencement of the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company.

The last ship to take freight from Tathra was in 1954 but the wharf remains a drawcard with its museum and cafĂ© and State Heritage listing as the east coast’s only remaining deep sea wharf and cargo shed dating back to the 1800’s.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the COVID-19 stimulus program was upgrading important community infrastructure while supporting jobs and local economies.

“The South Coast is one of Australia’s most beautiful locations but the whole nation knows how tough this region has had it in recent times with drought, the bushfires, and now the tourism impacts from COVID-19,” Minister Pavey said.