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Port of Eden

Eden Cruise Wharf

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 cruising to Eden, Port Authority officially opened the Eden Welcome Centre to welcome cruise passengers visiting Snug Cove, in April, 2022.

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:
Meeting minutes – 19 February 2020
Meeting minutes – 24 June 2020
Meeting minutes – 23 September 2020
Meeting minutes – 3 February 2021
Meeting minutes – 29 September 2021
Meeting minutes – 2 March 2022
Meeting minutes – 13 April 2022

Previous Modification of Project - Approved 

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 proposed 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 has a positive socio-economic impact on the local community, contributing to the creation of jobs and stimulating economic activity in the area. 

The proposal was submitted to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in July 2020 and members of the community were invited to comment on the Modification 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. This modification has now been granted approval by DPIE and is available on the DPIE website.

The Extended Use Operational Environmental Plan, approved by DPIE, is available for download.

Contact information

phone: +61 2 6496 4721

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