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    Since 2014, the Port of Eden has seen a significant increase in cruise ship visitation. To allow cruise ships to berth alongside in Snug Cove, rather than anchoring in Twofold Bay and tendering passengers ashore by boat, a $44 million wharf extension commenced construction in August 2017 and was completed in August 2019.

    Passenger vessels up to 325 metres in length are now able to berth alongside the upgraded wharf due to the completion of the following key works:

    • dredging of approximately 231,500m3 of in situ material from the bed of Snug Cove/Twofold Bay and installing scour protection
    • a new wharf face approximately 110m long, resulting from extending the existing wharf by approximately 95m
    • installing three mooring dolphins and two berthing dolphins
    • installing onshore mooring bollards on the existing wharf
    • upgrading existing services such as lighting, power and potable water and emergency fire-fighting water
    • installing navigation aids.

    As a consequence of the extended wharf, Eden will experience an increasing visitation of cruise ships and opportunities to local businesses will grow to drive a predicted $48.4 million in regional economic growth, as well as creating more than 80 jobs in the tourism, hospitality and stevedoring industry.

    To cater for the growth of cruise in Eden, Port Authority is committed to opening a new facility to welcome and disseminate cruise passengers transiting in Snug Cove. It is anticipated that the facility will be operational in 2020 in time for the 2020-21 cruise season.

    Project information - relevant documents:

    Approvals & Documents
    Project approval information and documents for the Eden Breakwater Wharf extension were completed by Department of Industry and are available on the NSW Government Major Project's website.

    Additional project documents that have been developed and outline the project’s approach to managing site operations, the environment and engaging with the community are as follows:


    Information on construction of the Eden Breakwater Wharf extension project is available on the Department of Industry website

    Statutory approvals, licences and permits
    Information on the statutory approvals, licences and permits for the Eden Breakwater Wharf extension project is available on the Department of Industry Website.

    Community consultative committee
    The community consultative committee has been formed from the existing project community liaison group, which was formed in January 2015. The purpose of the committee is to provide a forum for discussion between Port Authority, community representatives, key stakeholder groups and Bega Valley Shire Council.

    It comprises an independent chairperson, and community representatives from port businesses, maritime user groups, residents surrounding the Port of Eden and the relevant maritime authority, a council representative, and members of the project team.

    Please find the minutes of previous meetings.

    Proposed Modification of Project Approval - July 2020

    As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, cruise operations ceased in Eden. The last cruise ship visit occurred on 10 March 2020 and at this point in time it is not known when operations will re-commence. The COVID-19 crisis together with the recent summer bushfires, have resulted in reduced business activity in the region and subsequent negative economic impacts to the local community.

    Port Authority proposes to modify the Project Approval to optimise the usage and capacity of the Cruise Wharf by vessels less than 100 metres in length, such as fishing vessels, tugs, barges, lines boats or yachts, at times when it is not occupied by a cruise ship. The proposal will have a positive socio-economic impact on the local community, contributing to the creation of jobs and stimulating economic activity in the area. A Modification application has been lodged with Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

    The Modification assessment report is available on the DPIE website, and at Bega Valley Shire Council's office and library. Members of the community were invited to comment on the Modification which will be on public exhibition from Thursday 16 July 2020 to Friday 31 July 2020. 
    All submissions received by the Department during the exhibition of the proposal are available on the DPIE website

    Contact information

    phone: +61 2 6496 4721

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