A host of key projects, including a major wharf upgrade, have been announced by Eden-Monaro MPMike Kelly on his way to Eden this morning.
The announcements are hoped to be the catalyst for much-needed maritime and tourism growth.
On Tuesday heconfirmed crucial federal funding of $10 million for the $24.5 million EdenPort Strategy Infrastructure project.In the next breath he announced the port had been chosen to import wind farm components for the high country, with the first phase to start in March 2014.
Then, confirmation a wave energy test buoy will soon be installed in Twofold Bay.
Dr Kelly is expected to formally make his announcement at 12.30pm today (Tuesday) at Eden Wharf.
The $10 million funding comes from the Regional Development Australia fund round four, designed for shovel-ready key infrastructure projects in towns with populations less than 30,000.It will fund the creation of a safer port to cater for larger vessels such as cruise ships, cargo ships and oil field supply vessels as well as recreational craft.
Dredging to nine metres will create a 150m-wide navigation channel into the port, to allow vessels with a draft of up to 9m to berth at a platform instead of anchoring in Twofold Bay, or avoiding the port altogether.
“The Port of Eden is a fantastic asset for us, the best deep water port in Australia, and we will finally be taking advantage of its potential,” Dr Kelly said.
“Not only will this bring up to 2000 passengers into Eden every week, but I have talked to Deane’s buslines about running tailored packages throughout the region – showing off our Indigenous cultural experiences, historic villages, boutique wine and food, fishing and the High Country.”
Other infrastructure includes a fixed-panel wave attenuator, navigation and circulation infrastructure and road upgrades to cater for heavy vehicle access.
For pedestrians, there is a 500m boardwalk that will connect the port to the Eden CBD and Cattle Bay.The funding comes with the expectation it will be matched dollar for dollar by local, state governments and private investors.
The NSW Government has previously indicated it will invest $5m, while Bega Valley Shire Council, the applicant, will come to the table with $2m.The remaining $6.5m is expected to be raised through private investment.
Dr Kelly reconfirmed his dream to make the Bega Valley the silicon valley of Australia, adding he had been in talks with private investors who are keen to visit Eden to with a view to investing in renewable energy and other technologies.
In a nutshell:
– Import wind farm components from March, 800 truck movements a day.
– Wave energy test buoy to be installed.
– Private investors keen to visit Eden.
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