The main construction phase of the $5.6million redevelopment of Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf has begun.
The largest wharf project ever undertaken by Central Coast Council features a floating pontoon and promises to deliver substantial benefits for Woy Woy and the wider Central Coast community.
Council Director Roads Transport Drainage and Waste, Boris Bolgoff said the existing Commercial Wharf had been modified to ensure ferry services could continue as scheduled throughout construction of the new wharf.
“The Commercial Wharf – which will operate as the main wharf amenity for the area as we build the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf – has undergone temporary modifications to ensure it is accessible for community members who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids,” Mr Bolgoff said.
“It is very exciting to commence construction on this significant project which features a floating pontoon that will move with the varying tides and ensure access to ferry services and facilities in most tide and weather conditions.
“Our new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf will benefit commuters and community members who regularly use ferry services and will undoubtedly become a centre-piece and draw-card for Woy Woy Town Centre.
“Accessibility for community members who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices has been a priority throughout the design process, with one of the added key features of the project being infrastructure to accommodate a wheelchair lifting facility on the pontoon for recreational boat users.”
Design features of the new wharf and surrounds include:
• dedicated fishing area located on boardwalk
• new seating benches including smart benches with mobile phone charging capability
• banner poles
• landscaping including established salt water tolerant trees.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the project received $3.99million from the NSW Government’s Regional Communities Development Fund and $1.33million from Council.
“The current jetty becomes submerged during king tides but the new pontoon wharf will rise with the tide to reduce disruption and improve disability access,” Mr Crouch said.
“The new wharf is also capable of accommodating 35-metre vessels up to 250 tonnes, making it a significant asset to the Woy Woy community.
“This is just one of numerous wharf upgrades – including at Davistown, Empire Bay, Spencer and South Tacoma – that the NSW Government and Central Coast Council are delivering together.”
Mayor Lisa Matthews said the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf will become an iconic amenity for the Coast.
“This flagship project is a great example of different levels of government working together to deliver for our region,” Mayor Matthews said.
“The new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf and surrounds will be functional and will help to make the Coast an even better place to live, work and visit.”
Council is working closely with ferry services and nearby businesses and stakeholders to minimise impact during construction of this important project.