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Work to Start on Palm Beach Wharf

posted: 28 Jul 2014
Pittwater Council will begin works to upgrade Palm Beach Wharf within the coming weeks. Councillors approved the appointment of engineer construction company Clement Marine Pty Ltd at Monday’s Council meeting, accepting their $1.85 million tender.

Source: Pittwater Council

The wharf upgrade is required for a number of compelling reasons:

  • There are real safety concerns with the existing wharf structure.
  • The proposal will improve boarding efficiency and travel times and would improve commuter experience and safety.
  • It will provide a wharf that is accessible to people with a disability.

The wharf upgrade will take approximately five months to build and completion is expected before Christmas this year.

The upgrade is being undertaken as a result of a long term plan to improve the safety and accessibility at the wharf.

General Manager Mark Ferguson said Council conducted a thorough assessment of tender applicants based on strict evaluation criteria including health and safety compliance, environmental sustainability, social equity, financial competitiveness, to name a few.

“We are delighted to report Council has appointed a marine specialist engineer contractor to carry out the necessary works to upgrade Palm Beach Wharf,” he said.

Mr Ferguson says during the construction period no disruption to ferry services is expected although pedestrian congestion on the wharf may increase at times.

“Council will work closely with the contractor and do its best to minimise disruptions to users of the wharf,” said Mr Ferguson.

“We are committed to increasing the integrity of the wharf whilst planning for future sea level rise, with our primary focus remaining on the safety of passengers, and their boarding efficiency and accessibility.

“With state government funding and the green light to start works, we are able to deliver solutions to issues that are close to the hearts of locals and commuters - pedestrian congestion at the wharf and limitations around recreational boating in the area,” Mr Ferguson said.

Earlier this year, during the planning phase, the project was open to a healthy discussion among ferry operators, residents, engineers, the local community and Council. This community consultation and collaboration helped facilitate the final design.

 

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Palm Beach Ferry Wharf

 
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