Port Macquarie Southern Breakwall Upgrade

Port Macquarie Breakwall. Image supplied by Alex McNaught, Roving-Eye.com Photography

The NSW Government is delivering major improvements to maritime infrastructure and facilities statewide, to help the boating and wider community safely access, use and navigate our inland and coastal waters.

Latest news

DEC 2022

DEC 2022Environmental approval received, project now seeking tenders

Following the release of the submissions report in November, and the resubmission of the finalised Review of Environmental Factors and project plans, Transport for NSW has obtained approval to proceed with the Port Macquarie Southern Breakwall Upgrade project.

We are now advertising the tender for the construction work of this critical maintenance project. This tender process will take a number of months to complete. We are still aiming to start construction in May 2023, following the Iron Man event.  Information about the tender process can be found on the eTender website.

We will continue to update you on the progress of this project.

Project progress

NOV 2022

NOV 2022Consultation Submissions Report

We thank the community for providing feedback on the Port Macquarie Southern Breakwall Project.

The number of submissions received reinforces that the Port Macquarie Breakwall is an iconic and loved treasure for the community.

Transport for NSW recognises the importance of this Maritime infrastructure asset and has carefully considered all feedback received, provided responses in the submissions report and has changed the project in response to some of the concerns.

This submissions report and a number of additional project reports are now available on this page. See the Documents section below

Port Macquarie breakwall upgrade map

Project information

The Port Macquarie breakwalls were installed to provide a safe navigable boat entrance and maintain the current river mouth entrance.

The Port Macquarie breakwall was built over a period of 40 years with completion in 1939. The last major maintenance was carried out on the head of the breakwall  in 2014.  

As part of the project early investigations, including underwater assessments and scans shows the southern breakwall is in need of extensive repair works. The rock has settled and shifted over time, creating voids which compromise the effectiveness and stability of the structure.

In November 2020 $5 million was announced to complete the critical maintenance work on the southern breakwall at Port Macquarie and to ensure its structural integrity and longevity.

The NSW Government is funding a proposal to upgrade the southern breakwall at Port Macquarie. We have developed a refined concept design which includes:

  • rebuilding 600 metres of the breakwall along the river section
  • completing maintenance of the breakwall head with minimal change to the footprint
  • installing a new five-metre-wide footpath along the majority of the structure’s length. This excludes the last 30 metres at the head of the breakwall, where the current footprint and width will stay the same
  • Installing two new stair accesses to the NRMA Holiday Park, and a new access ramp at the seaward end of the Holiday Park
  • Installing safety fencing along the southern side of path and a kerb along the northern side of the path
  • Installing new lighting on the shared user path
  • Installing six seating areas
  • Landscaping the area with over 6000 plants and 43 mature replacement trees

To view the refined concept design view the June 2020 community update.

Following release of the Submissions Report in November, and the re-submission of the finalised Review of Environmental Factors and project plans, Transport for NSW  has obtained approval to proceed with the Port Macquarie Southern Breakwall Upgrade project.

We are now advertising the tender for the construction work of this critical maintenance project. The tender process will take a number of months to complete. We are still aiming to start construction in May 2023 following the Iron Man event.

We will keep you informed on the progress of the project approval to proceed.

  • Award the tender for the work
  • Start construction

 

Project documents

 

Archived news

The Consultation Submissions Report, providing responses to the community feedback on the proposed Port Macquarie Breakwall project, and the revised Review of Environmental Factors (REF) will be available in the coming weeks.

This report and the revised REF will form part of the project approval to proceed.

We identified the need to secure the rock supply for this project early, as there is high demand for this material. This is not the start of work, rather a preliminary measure to avoid potential major delays to this critical maintenance activity.

From Monday 15 August deliveries will begin to the stockpile site on John Fraser Place, Port Macquarie. There will be 45 truck movements per day as 15,000 tonnes of rock will be delivered to site.

We expect the rock delivery process will be completed before the December school holidays.

For more information on this work please read our notification.

We would like to thank the community for their feedback during the recent “Have your say” consultation period which ended on 15 July.

We are now carefully considering the high volume of feedback received. A consultation summary report is being developed and we will let you know when this is available to view.

We are seeking your feedback on the Port Macquarie Southern Breakwall Upgrade Environmental Assessment and refined concept design until Friday 15 July 2022.

To submit your feedback you can email us at portmacquariebreakwall@transport.nsw.gov.au

Or phone 1800 571 311

Or post to Port Macquarie Breakwall upgrade
Transport for NSW, Maritime Branch
Rozelle NSW 2039

You can also come and meet the project team, ask questions or provide your feedback at the following locations.

  • Friday 10 June at the ArtWalk Markets between 5pm and 9pm
  • Saturday 11 June at the Foreshore Markets between 8am and 1pm
  • Tuesday 21 June at Town Beach Park between 9am and 1pm

To view, the refined concept design download the June 2022 project update for all the project details.

Contact us

For more information contact the project team:

Phone: 1800 571 311

Email: portmacquariebreakwall@transport.nsw.gov.au

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