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  • Eden Welcome Centre

    The Eden Welcome Centre will be a new building located on the fisherman’s co-op site in Eden, facilitating the movement of over 100,000 cruise passengers to the local region each year.

    Image: Artist’s impression of the interior of the Eden Welcome Centre 

    As Eden becomes an increasingly popular cruise destination, the Eden Welcome Centre will be a new facility to greet up to 100,000 visiting cruise passengers each year.

    The Eden Welcome Centre will be located on the existing co-op site adjacent to Eden Ice Supplies within close proximity of the recently completed cruise wharf.

    Designed by award-winning architectural firm, Cox, designers of the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, the Eden Welcome Centre will be will have two floors with an approximate size of 1000 square metres. The ground floor will be for visitors, market stallholders and amenities and the first floor for office space.

    Celebrating the town’s main industries of fishing, forestry and tourism, the building is intended to act as a symbol of Eden's past and its future. The structure and cladding will be made from native hardwoods from the region as a tribute to the local timber industry and will encompass features from Eden’s rich maritime and fishing industry. View the draft concept plans here

    Image: Artist’s impression of the interior of the Eden Welcome Centre 

    Contract awarded:
    The building contract for the Welcome Centre has been awarded to local construction company, Rankin Builders, who has previously worked with the selected architecture firm, Cox Architecture, on Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf. Port Authority is proud to support this local business.

    Construction program:
    Planning approval has been granted and construction is scheduled to commence in February 2020, weather permitting. The construction will be undertaken in two stages.
    Stage one: Building construction and internal fit-out of the ground floor, anticipated to be ready for the start of the 2020/21 cruise season.
    Stage two: First floor internal fit-out with tenants anticipated to move in towards the end of 2020.

    Enabling works commenced in February and have now been completed. This has involved:

    • installation of temporary fencing around the worksite for public safety
    • installation of site sheds
    • installation of safety and project signage
    • relocation of storage containers to the rear of the Gotcha Bait building
    • installation of environmental controls
    • demolition of the former co-op building
    • detailed geotechnical investigations on the building footprint to allow finalisation of the slab design relocating and upgrading services.

    Major works have now commenced and include the following activities:

    • installing of underground service
    • completion of final excavation and pouring of the concrete blinding layer
    • installation of reinforcing steel 
    • pouring of main concrete floor slab.

    Activities planned for the next few months include:

    • installation of plumbing and electrical works
    • preparation and restoration of timber elements
    • pre-fabrication of timber trusses
    • installation of structural timbers
    • block work on the perimeter walls.

    The Pambula-based Destination Agency is working with a local historian and other local stakeholders to prepare a Heritage Interpretation Plan by exploring local stories, narratives and images to incorporate into public art and other features in the Welcome Centre. Once this has been finalised it will be shared with the community for feedback on the website and future monthly updates.

    Construction hours:
    Construction will generally be undertaken from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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