Coffs Harbour Marine Precinct Project

Coffs Harbour Marine Centre precinct aerial view

Marine Precinct travel lift runway beams ready for travel lift installation

The NSW Government is funding major improvements to the Coffs Harbour Marine Precinct, which services the harbour and local region by providing essential facilities for government, local and visiting vessels.

Improvements to the Coffs Harbour Marine Precinct will include

  • Construction of a new boat maintenance facility, including a 75-tonne travel lift
  • Refurbishment of the existing buildings and improvements to external areas
  • Installation of a 10,000L unleaded petrol, vessel accessible refuelling facility for public and government agency use
  • Expansion of the government agency marina.

The project will ensure government marine agencies have up-to-date infrastructure located in close proximity to the harbour in order to provide timely safety and marine related services.

The project will also provide modern vessel maintenance and refuelling facilities for use by public, commercial and marine agencies. 

Marine Precinct plan overview

Latest news

MAY 2022

MAY 2022Incoming arrival of the travel lift

The Coffs Harbour Marine Precinct project includes the installation and commissioning of a 75-tonne travel lift. The travel lift has recently passed prerequisite factory testing and is being packaged and transported by road to Coffs Harbour in preparation for the opening of the boat maintenance facility.

The Travel lift will be delivered to the project site on Wednesday June 15 at approximately 5:30am. Transport for NSW will implement some temporary traffic controls for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and workers. The carpark located close to the NSW Police & Crown Lands will be temporarily closed from 5:30am until the delivery is complete around 7:30am.

You may notice some activity on site between Wednesday 15 June and Monday 20 June while the travel lift is being commissioned. We will provide an update to the community shortly with information on the operation and usage of the travel lift.

View the image gallery below the Latest news section as work progresses on this important upgrade.

MAY 2022

MAY 2022DPIE Coffs Jetty Revitalisation - have your say on the draft Masterplan

The Department of Primary Industries and Environment (DPIE) is working with the community on a draft Masterplan for the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore. The draft Masterplan seeks to benefit the whole community while maintaining the environmental, cultural and neighbourhood qualities that we know you value

Have your say online and in person until 13 June 2022 (up until 11.59pm). Please visit the DPIE website for more information on the draft Masterplan, the survey, online information sessions and in person sessions.

Please contact the Department of Primary Industries and Environment (DPIE) for further information at precinctdevelopment@property.nsw.gov.au.

Archived news

Stage 1 of this project, which comprises of a new hardstand area and the expansion of the government agency marina is now complete.

The government marina expansion, which provides a total of nine berths, is now operational. This allows the Marine Area Command, Department of Primary Industries Fisheries and Transport for NSW Maritime safer and more efficient access to their vessels to improve response times for emergencies and patrols.

Stage 2 of the project, the travel lift portion, is progressing with the travel lift currently being fabricated in Victoria. The lift is scheduled for assembly and commissioning in mid2022.

View the image gallery below for the latest project images.

The design of Transport’s Maritime Operation Centre and surrounding area’s  is in its final stages. A tender will be issued to the market in March/ April for a builder to complete these works.

Transport is also currently tendering for an engineering consultant to design the vessel refuelling facility within the precinct. The facility will give vessel owners of the public and government agencies the opportunity to fuel up their boats with unleaded petrol on the harbour. The vessel refuelling facility (subject to relevant approvals) will be installed adjacent to the boat maintenance facility.

The award of contract to an operator for the maintenance facility including the travel lift and vessel refuelling facility is currently underway. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are currently being reviewed by Transport.

  • Perform hardstand earthworks, steel placement on western hardstand, sleeve and grout travel beam piles and create formwork for the gangway abutment.
  • Undertake work associated with Southern travel beam, pour gangway abutment, and more hardstand earthworks
  • Concrete the southern travel lift beam, preparation for northern hardstand, install gangway and pour western hardstand slab
  • Towards the end of the month, we will install marina fittings, install hardstand (west) fittings and pour concrete on northern travel lift beam.

View the image gallery below the Latest news section as work progresses on this important upgrade.

Work is progressing well. In the next month or so, we will be:

  • piling for the marina and the travel lift
  • digging hydraulic trenches and starting hardstand work
  • steel Placement on western hardstand
  • completing marina installation
  • installing marina and hardstand fittings, install hardstand (west) fittings,
  • pouring concrete on northern travel lift beam

View the image gallery below the Latest news section as work progresses on this important upgrade.

The work on this project is underway and dredging in the harbour will commence and will continue subject to prevailing weather conditions for the next 3 to 4 weeks – The plan below shows the dredging area.

Coffs Harbour Marine Centre Precinct Project dredging map

Unfortunately, this may result in an increase in the local noise levels around the site for the duration of the dredging program.

The dredging works will be from 7.00am-6.00pm on weekdays and 8.00am-1.00pm on Saturdays

Project information

Boat maintenance and vessel refuelling facility

This project will see the reconstruction of the existing boat maintenance facility and will provide a 75-tonne travel lift located at the former slipway.

The new maintenance facility will meet current EPA standards by allowing vessels to be lifted out and maintained in an environmentally controlled area, eliminating risk of contaminants entering the waterway.

The new facility will also improve safety and efficiency in the servicing of commercial and recreational vessels by reducing the need for heavy equipment and increasing the size of vessels to be moved.

Specific details of the project include:

  • removing existing structures and unused services
  • excavation and backfilling with engineered fill to accommodate the loadings of the travel lift
  • regrading the level of the site and constructing a new concrete hardstand and services
  • designing and constructing a holding pontoon, gangway and associated services
  • constructing the travel lift jetty support structures, consisting of concrete beams on piles
  • upgrading services including fire hydrants and hose reels, electrical, lighting and main distribution board, hydraulic, communication, trade waste system and storage containers.

As a result of community requirements and an identified need, Transport will install a marine vessel refuelling facility within the marine precinct (subject to relevant approvals). The facility will give public and government agency vessels the opportunity to fuel up their boats with unleaded petrol on the harbour. The vessel refuelling facility will be installed adjacent to the boat maintenance facility.

Construction of the hardstand area and associated travel lift structures is now complete, with the travel lift due to be installed and commissioned in mid-2022.

Government Agency Marina

The expansion of the government agency marina will add five additional berths and two pens for Transport Maritime, Marine Area Command and Department of Primary Industries Fisheries, bringing the total number of berths to nine. The new facility will allow each agency to improve response times, which is critical for maritime rescue and safety work.

The proposed government marina upgrade work includes:

  • dredging the area to accommodate additional berths
  • removing ground and surface water from the existing hardstand
  • removing the existing pontoon berths including piles
  • removing two fixed ‘catwalk’ jetties and piles
  • installation of new pontoons, gangway and services
  • upgrading electrical and hydraulic services to the new facilities.

These works were completed in February 2022 with the government marina now in operation.

This project will see the upgrading of the existing government agency buildings and surrounding areas to bring up to current standards, improve the functionality and capability of the facilities, and improve the overall look and aesthetic.

Specific details of the project include:

  • complete refurbishment of the existing Maritime office building including the addition of an operations command facility to support emergency and pollution response and recovery in the region
  • installation of a covered storage area for essential pollution response equipment
  • upgrades to parking and pedestrian access to current standards
  • landscaping and wayfinding improvements
  • improvements to the external façades of the existing Marine Area Command and Department of Primary Industries Fisheries buildings.

Maritime Operation Centre and surrounds

  • Tender for builder – early 2022
  • Tender award – mid 2022
  • Construction start – mid 2022
  • Construction completed – late 2022

Boat Maintenance Facility/ Travel lift

  • Operator appointment – targeted mid 2022
  • Travel lift installed and commissioned – targeted mid 2022

Vessel Refuelling facility

  • Appointment of engineering consultant – early 2022
  • REF display – mid 2022
  • REF endorsement – targeted late 2022
  • Construction start – early 2023
  • Construction completion – mid 2023

Frequently asked questions

  • The various aspects of the project are expected to be completed between June and December 2023.
  • The travel lift is expected to be open by July 2022.
  • The vessel refuelling facility is expected to open late 2023.”
  • You will need to contract a crane operator to lift your boat out of the water. In order to do this for you, most will have to obtain a licence for land access to the harbour (some may already have such a licence). You will also need to arrange for your boat to be transported to a place where you will do the work required. Boats cannot be serviced on this land.
  • Yes. Rates will be set by the operator when appointed.
  • The travel lift will be able to support a vessel that weighs 75 tonnes. Maximum dimensions include a beam of 8m and an overall length (LOA) of 25m.
  • It is unlikely that the Operator of the facility would allow the vessel owner to undertake any maintenance given the increased legislation around work health & safety (WH&S) and the operators insurances obligations for public liability and Industrial special risk. Currently Transport is in negotiations with a preferred operator of the site and further details will be provided once an agreement has been finalised
  • Transport is currently in negotiations with a preferred operator to run the facility once the travel has been commissioned in June/July 2022
  • The project will ensure government marine agencies have up-to-date infrastructure located in close proximity to the harbour in order to provide timely safety and marine related services.
  • There will be a change to the current informal parking arrangements at the Coffs Harbour Marine Precinct. The project will formalise dedicated parking spaces for marine agency operational vehicles to allow 24/7 access for emergency response and services. These parking spaces will be clearly signed posted and line marked to identify them as operational vehicles only. The project scope does not include additional parking for the community, nor private vehicle parking for government staff.
  • Yes, please refer to the Coffs Harbour boat ramp page for further information and the latest project news.
  • The travel lift has been delayed due to COVID-related manufacturing and shipping impacts. The expected installation and commissioning date was March 2022, which has now been delayed until June/July 2022.

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Contact us

For more information contact the Coffs Harbour Marine Precinct Project Team:

Phone: 1800 161 188 (toll free)

Email: coffsharbourmarineprecinct@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Coffs Harbour Marine Precinct, Transport-Maritime, Locked Bag 5100, Camperdown, NSW 1450

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