Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Remediation Timeline; A Four-Year History of Slipway Works

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Remediation Timeline; A Four-Year History of Slipway Works

Article excerpt

IT'S been four years since the Coffs Harbour slipway was first announced to close for remediation works, causing major concerns for local commercial fishing boats, sailors and boat owners.

Take a look back through the time line as reported by the Advocate. Let us know your thoughts on the future of the slipway at editorial@coffs coastadvocate.com.au

March 2014 - An announcement was made that the Coffs Harbour slipway would close to allow remediation works to address heavy metal contamination after tributylin was found at the site.

NSW Trade and Investment Crown Lands said once remediation was completed future use of the slipway site would be sought via an expression of interest process.

April 2014 - The Harbour Users Group was told in April 2014 that local vessel maintenance and repair needed to be done before July.

May 2014 - Tenders were called for the redevelopment and lease of the Coffs Harbour slipway.

August 2014 - The slipping of vessels ceased in Coffs Harbour, with the commercial fishing fleet, sailors and boat owners forced to travel to either Yamba or Port Macquarie for service and repairs.

The Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-operative hoped to run a caretaker slipway facility in the event of a maritime emergency but the proposal was knocked back by the department.

February 2015 - The Fishermen's Co-op secured insurance to operate the slipway in caretaker mode until full remediation works were carried out and the site could be leased to an individual or company looking to run the slipway in the long term.

March 2015 - The first vessel since August accessed the slipway facility and the remediation action plan was still pending.

September 2015 - Small fishing vessels were able to use the Coffs Harbour slipway but concerns over the future of the facility continued to rise. …

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