Construction of the Accessible Entry Scuba Diving Project in Nelson Bay resumes.
The $2 million project was halted in 2021 after a landslide caused by over 350mm of rain. Landslides on the Teramby Road Council Managed Reserve will be stabilized to restore the area adjacent to the Bay Harbor Cafe.
Hunter Parliamentary Secretary Taylor Martin said about $1.6 million will be invested to remedy the landslide and repair pathways and drainage and another $400,000 will be invested to build a dive entrance with a ramp disabled access near the western breakwater wall to energize the area.
Lands and Water Minister Kevin Anderson said Nelson Bay is renowned for scuba diving with spectacular dive sites on offshore islands, wrecks and fish, invertebrates and marine habitats exceptional.
“The accessible scuba diving entry platform will make it safer and easier for divers of all abilities to enter and exit Teramby Road waters, and enjoy ‘The Pipeline’ which is a local feature for divers,” said Kevin Anderson.
“The improvements already made to the walkway on the west breakwater wall will also provide better access for people with disabilities. »
Disabled diver Bob Staddon, who was confined to a wheelchair 42 years ago after a swimming accident, welcomed the investment.
“Think about it, you have to put on a wetsuit, about 30 kilos of equipment, the wheelchair has to be put in the car, and you dive with at least one buddy, so a number of people will accompany each disabled diver to boost the tourism,” he said.
Crown Lands is funding the work to be carried out by Port Stephens Council, in consultation with the local diving industry, Nelson Bay Marina operators and Transport for NSW’s Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office (MIDO).
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