Transport for NSW Maritime is proposing a major upgrade to the Coffs Harbour Regional Boat to increase the size of the ramp, provide more facilities and improve parking options.
Since we last contacted the community, work has begun on the boat ramp upgrade and to take advantage of favourable tidal conditions and longer daylight hours, we have decided to increase our hours of work on Saturdays so we can keep the project on track in accordance with our projections.
See details of this change under Community updates below.
Work continues on-site. For and immersive look at the final project, view the video below for a flyover of the completed project site.
The work on this project will begin in late August. This will mean some changes to the way the ramp operates such as:
- A construction compound will be set up and fencing will be placed around the construction area.
- There may be some restricted parking and delayed access to a boat ramp lane due to some road lanes being closed off for work.
- Work on the pontoons, boat ramp and dredging may temporarily restrict movements in the bay. Boat users and visitors will need to take extra care in manoeuvring their vessels in and out of the harbour.
At least two lanes of the boat ramp will remain open during most of the construction work, with short periods with no access. We will notify the community before the closures to allow time to make alternative arrangements.
Stage 1 may affect road traffic in the area from time to time. There will be truck movements delivering equipment, materials and rock for the breakwater, as well as taking away debris. Traffic control measures will be in place during this work to maintain safety and control.
Our hours of work will be from 7.00am-6.00pm on weekdays and 8.00am-1.00pm on Saturdays
Artist’s impression of completed boat ramp area
The proposed project will be designed and constructed in two stages during 2021 and 2022
Stage 1 (2nd quarter 2021) would include:
- Extending the existing breakwater by 75m
- Widening the existing boat ramp, adding an additional two lanes
- New top surface over the existing boat ramp area
- Extending the existing pontoon
- Adding two new pontoons
- Dredging the existing boat ramp basin and channel as part of an ongoing dredging program at this site
Stage 2 (early 2022) would include:
- Extending the existing main carpark to include additional parking for cars, boats and trailers
- New carpark entrance at the western end of the carpark
- Blocking the entry adjacent to the boat ramp off Jordan Esplanade (for safety reasons)
- Diverting traffic along Jordan Esplanade road opposite the main carpark
- New road signage
- New rigging and de-rigging bays around the main carpark
- A new shared pathway (2.5m) for walking/cycling
- New amenities facility
- New Lighting and signage
- Recreational furniture including seating and tables
- Pedestrian pathway on south side of Jordan Esplanade with access to Gallows beach carpark and to amenities facility in the main carpark area
- Extending services, including water, power and sewerage
The Coffs Harbour boat ramp is located) in a small basin on the southern side of the harbour. The original boat ramp and basin was constructed in the mid-1970s, and there is a history of reports by boaters of the difficulties launching and retrieving boats and navigating vessels through the entrance channel to the boat ramp.
The boat ramp basin regularly suffered from water level surges, making it difficult to secure boats coming into or leaving the ramp and operational difficulties were also experienced in the vicinity of the boat ramp during times that north-easterly swell entered the harbour.
In 2015 the boat ramp basin was extended to reduce some of impacts of the wave action on the structure. There are still impacts from the waves, particularly during low tide that are being addressed by the upgrades proposed in this project.
The Coffs Harbour Regional Boat Ramp Precinct Enhancement Committee (CHRBRPEC) comprises local boat ramp users who have a vision to develop the boat ramp precinct into a world class facility that will meet existing and future demands from local and visiting mariners.
The CHRBRPEC identified the need to upgrade the boat ramp to address safety and congestion concerns after a number of boating incidents. In particular over the 2018 Easter holiday period, over a dozen boats were washed onto rocks at the entrance to the boat ramp basin. Harbour City Council (CHCC) have endorsed the need for the project, and funding has been approved by Transport for NSW to undertake improvement works at the boat ramp facility.
You can contact the project team in the following ways:
Phone: 1300 778 928 Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mail: Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp, Transport-Maritime, Locked Bag 5100, Camperdown, NSW 1450