THE Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, visited the Tathra Wharf on Friday during his visit to the Bega Valley Shire for the opening of the Eden Whale Festival and multi-purpose wharf.
He said the Howard Government was delighted to be contributing funding towards the major restoration project at Tathra Wharf with both the Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Government.
The Federal Government contributed $170,500 to Stage One of the project last year under its Cultural Heritage Projects Program.
This stage involves urgent works to pylons and decking, as well as painting the wharf building.
Completion is expected by April next year, to be followed by further redevelopment of the wharf and surrounds.
“Tathra Wharf is an extremely rare and outstanding reminder of the important place the Bega Valley and its produce has in the economic and social life of the region,” Dr Kemp said.
“It is the only deep ocean wharf of its type on the NSW coast, providing a link with the coastal steamer trade that, for decades, fulfilled a major role on the NSW Coast.
“Now it is set to have an important new role as a focus for regional recreation and tourism.
“When the project is completed, the structure and surrounds will be both stable and safe, ensuring the Tathra Wharf will continue to be a major heritage landmark in NSW.”
Dr Kemp thanked both the NSW Government and the Bega Valley Shire Council for co-operating in making the joint project possible.
“The completed project will bring with it social and economic benefits for this community and the wider region.
“It will provide a dynamic, community-managed facility for locals and visitors to the Bega Valley,” Dr Kemp said.
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