Following today’s announcement that the former Empire Bay Marina structures will be removed due to significant contamination, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch joined members from Empire Bay Heritage Boat Shed Association to call for a replica structure to replace the iconic landmark.
Mr Crouch acknowledged diverse community sentiment toward the former marina but said safety of the community was paramount.
“I know there are many in the community that want to see the Empire Bay site preserved, but today the engineers advised why this just wasn’t possible.”
“It is crucial that the site is maintained as usable public open space, and work has already started on assessing the feasibility and costs of building a replica structure on the site.”
“Given the site adjoins an established residential area without legal vehicle access, parking or sewerage, a lot of work needs to be done,” Mr Crouch said.
“However, I am committed to working with our community, including the Empire Bay Heritage Boat Shed Association, to explore how we can reactivate this site for community use. I’d like to see if we can rebuild something which acknowledges the local boating history and creates an asset that is accessible to the entire community.”
Mr Crouch said Crown Lands is currently addressing planning requirements for the removal of the boatshed and remediation work. A Remedial Action Plan will also be prepared to clean up the site as a matter of priority and address NSW EPA regulatory requirements.
On behalf of the Empire Bay Heritage Boatshed Association, Errol Baker agreed that while he was disappointed with the news that the original structure will be demolished, he was excited with the prospect of the replica structure.
“The replica structure will have elements of the original structure throughout, after consultation with a heritage expert. This will provide our community with the confidence that the true heritage of the historic boat shed is honored in the new building,” Mr Baker said.
Further information will be available at crownland.nsw.gov.au/whats-happening/notifications/empire-bay-marina.