Work scheduled to repair major damage to Coffs marina
COFFS Marina is set to get a much-needed facelift.
The tide is starting to turn in favour of the popular spot with extensive works scheduled to repair the boardwalk and marina.
Two East Coast lows earlier this year left the foreshore in ruins, causing severe damage to the marina and destroying the boardwalk.
The repairs can't come soon enough for Coffs International Marina manager, Elise Currey.
Upgrades to power and water access, replacing the ailing concrete pontoons, wooden whalers and reinstating access ramps are part of the suite of works to take place at the marina.
The boardwalk will also be fully restored to allow for locals and tourists to access Muttonbird Island during the warmer months as well as during the construction of the northern breakwall.
Ms Currey has been in talks with marine parks about installing educational signage along the boardwalk about marine life and the history of the iconic port.
Two separate contractors have been hired to carry out the works to the marina and boardwalk starting in the coming weeks.
Ms Currey said the work is expected to take about a six weeks with a completion date set for mid October.
The works come as a welcome relief for businesses in the area after two east coast lows left the precinct it in tatters.
"It would be great to have this area fully functioning again for tourists and locals," Ms Currey said.
Water-based tourism has floundered with the marina currently closed to transient visitors. Ms Currey hopes the repairs will re-engage visiting sailors back to the only international marina between Brisbane and Sydney.
Last weekend's Offshore Superboat Championships and recent good weather has also lifted the area's morale.
The Department of Primary Industries were unable to comment regarding progress to the Northern Breakwall works.