Eden Safe Harbour Project

Eden Safe Harbour
Artist’s impression of new fixed panel wave attenuator at Snug Cove, Eden.

The NSW Government is delivering safety improvements to Snug Cove, Eden.

Latest news

OCT 2021

OCT 2021Early works begin at Snug Cove, Eden

Work will begin in November to construct the new fixed panel wave attenuator. Our team will be on-site in November to set-up the site with major works starting in early 2022. See below for more information on the staging of the work.

OCT 2021

OCT 2021Registrations open for expression of interest: Construction work packages

A virtual industry briefing will be held on Tuesday 26 October at 4pm for local construction contractors. This briefing will discuss work packages required to deliver safety improvements to Snug Cove, Eden. Download the form (PDF, 118Kb) to register your interest as a contractor. For more information contact admin@icnnsw.org.au

Project information

The Port of Eden is an active working port which supports a variety of recreational, commercial, and port vessel operations on the New South Wales far south coast. On occasion, the port is exposed to significant wind and wave conditions which can affect maritime safety in the port and increase the risk of damage to vessels that are moored in Snug Cove or berthed on either the Mooring Jetty or Multi-Purpose Jetty.

The aim of the Eden Safe Harbour Project is to provide a safer harbour for local and visiting vessels and improve the protection of existing maritime infrastructure within Snug Cove, Eden.

Providing a safer harbour will enhance Eden’s reputation as a safe boating destination which is anticipated to stimulate local investment in the maritime and tourism sectors.

Project location

Eden Safe Harbour aerial plan

A 366-metre-long fixed panel wave attenuator (also called a ‘wave wall’ or ‘wave screen’) will be constructed towards the inlet of the cove, in-between the two mooring jetties.

The design of the wave attenuator was developed based on stakeholder consultation, site-specific weather and geotechnical conditions along with specialist engineering studies and expert advice.

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was placed on public display between 16 November 2017-19 January 2018 for community and stakeholder comments. The REF assessed potential environmental issues that may arise as a result of the project and included an assessment of flora, fauna, water and air quality and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural heritage.

During the public exhibition period of the REF, we received a total of 15 submissions from various stakeholders including:

  • Nine regulatory agencies.
  • One organisation – two submissions.
  • Four community members.

A Response to Submissions (RTS) report and Addendum REF were prepared in early 2018 that considered feedback received during public exhibition of the REF and include a range of mitigation measures to be applied during the construction phase to ensure the project does not cause a significant environmental impact.

In August 2018, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment self-determined the project under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

To construct the wave attenuator, two jack-up barges will be used. These are heavy-duty marine construction platforms which are purpose-built for working in challenging marine environments.

The jack-up barges will be supported by a range of other marine plant and equipment such as dumb barges, tugs, work boats, load out facilities, cranes and piling hammers.

The majority of materials will be prefabricated off-site and delivered just in time for installation by the site team.

Stage 1 – Early setup of landside site

  • Establish site compound.
  • Establishment of site boundaries (refer to blue boundary on project map below).
  • Delivery of materials and equipment to site including steel piles stored on barge moorings in the bay and a temporary load-out (TLO) jetty adjacent to the Abalone boat ramp.

Stage 2 – Setup of water site

  • Establish jack-up barge within blue boundary.
  • Environmental monitoring.
  • Begin prefabrication of concrete headstocks of site and concrete wave deflection panels on site.

Stage 3 – Delivery to site

Delivery of prefabricated materials to site.

Stage 4 – Piling works

Installation of steel piles.

Stage 5 – Final installation of wave attenuator panels

Installation of precast concrete panels.

Stage 6 – Demobilisation

  • Deconstruction of site boundaries.
  • Clean-up of site, including materials and equipment including (TLO).

Frequently asked questions

  • We will send regular updates to the community to keep you up to date on the progress of the project.

    Covid-19 has shifted community engagement strategies towards an online format. Let us know how you would like to stay up to date on the project by completing the survey below.

    Visit nswroads.work/edenengagement or alternatively please call our community hotline on 1800 497 190 (during business hours).

    Please note that the communications preference survey will be ongoing throughout the entire project.

    You can also find our key community updates, copies of postcards and contact information at the Eden Welcome Centre. The Eden Safe Harbour project will have an information station on display throughout the entire construction process.

  • Mobilisation of plant and equipment to Eden will commence in late 2021. Major site works, including the installation of steel piles and precast concrete, will commence in early 2022.

    Construction is expected to be complete by late 2022, pending weather.

  • Yes, an exclusion zone will be established within Snug Cove to maintain the safety of port users and staff working on site. Port operations within snug cove will be impacted and some disruption may occur. We will continue to work with the Port Authority NSW to minimise disruption during this time and continue to keep the community and operators updated.

    Access will also be restricted to Thompson’s Point Baths during construction.

    The commercial boat ramp and car park within Snug Cove will be closed during construction and re-opened when the wave attenuator is complete. The Quarantine Bay boat ramp and car park will remain open throughout construction of the attenuator.

  • We will be installing the wave attenuator, including piling and concrete work, from late November 2021 to late 2022, excluding public holidays, weather permitting. Our work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
  • Our work may be noisy at times but we will do everything we can to minimise its impact, including keeping within our permitted work hours, notifying residents before work starts near their property and providing respite periods. The work will involve piling, truck deliveries, concrete works and marine vessel movements.
  • A fixed wave wall is a permanent structure that is installed to calm wave activity in the cove, provide a safe harbour for local and visiting vessels, and protect maritime infrastructure.

    Example of a wave attenuator constructed in Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.

    Example of a wave attenuator constructed in Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.

  • Eden has been identified as one of the strategically significant locations outlined in the Maritime Infrastructure Plan (MIP). The MIP is a strategic plan that guides future investments in maritime infrastructure, to deliver the greatest benefits to recreational boaters, commercial fishers, and the tourism industry. The Plan also supports Future Transport 2056 priorities on safety, accessibility and successful places – by enabling safe access to waterways, a growing economy and public amenity. This includes the Maritime Safety Plan 2017 21 and the important role of infrastructure as part of a Safe Systems approach to boating safety. The Eden Safe Harbour Project will contribute to achieving the objectives set out in these plans and will provide benefits to the local area of Eden associated with improved maritime infrastructure.

  • No, the Project objective is not directly linked to, nor directly dependent upon, any proposed marina development. However, in achieving the project objective, the harbour will become safer for local and visiting vessels and improve the protection of existing maritime infrastructure within Snug Cove, Eden.

    Providing a safer harbour will enhance Eden’s reputation as a safe boating destination which is anticipated to stimulate local investment in the maritime and tourism sectors.


Contact us

For more information contact the project team.

Email: edensafeharbour@transport.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 1800 497 190 (during business hours)

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