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Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf Redevelopment
Consultation for this project has now concluded.

The $5.6 million redevelopment of Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf will be the largest wharf project undertaken by Council and will deliver substantial benefits for Woy Woy and the Central Coast.

Community consultation

At the end of 2019 we reached out to the community for feedback to finalise the design of the wharf redevelopment and make enhancements where possible. Feedback was gathered through a drop-in information session, an online survey and an online interactive map.

Project status

Temporary modifications to the existing commercial wharf have been completed. The main construction of the wharf has now commenced (August 2020), and the project is expected for completion early 2021.

About the new wharf

Key features of the project include:

  • floating pontoon to ensure community members and visitors can access ferry services and facilities in most tide and weather conditions
  • wheelchair lifting facility on the pontoon
  • covered pontoon gangway and passenger shelter
  • dedicated fishing area located on the boardwalk at the corner of The Boulevarde and Brisbane Water Drive
  • widened pathway with new footpath and boardwalk along part of The Boulevarde and Brisbane Water Drive
  • boardwalk constructed with decking made from recycled plastic
  • solar lighting along the pontoon and covered gangway and in the covered passenger shelter
  • smart benches with mobile phone charging capability
  • standard benches
  • banner poles
  • landscaping including established salt water tolerant trees.

The wharf design we have developed will deliver a significantly improved amenity for our community, particularly for commuters who regularly use ferry services, and will also boost tourism.
We’ve designed a floating pontoon that will lift and rise with the varying tides and ensure access to ferry services and facilities in most conditions.

Accessibility for community members who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices has been a priority throughout the design process, with one of the added key features of the project being a wheelchair lifting facility located on the pontoon for recreational boat users.

Ferry services will use the adjacent commercial wharf during the construction period and will continue as scheduled.

Council is working closely with ferry services and nearby businesses and stakeholders to minimise impact during this important project.
The new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf is proudly funded by the NSW Government through $3.99m from the Regional Communities Development Fund and with $1.6m from Council.

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Temporary modifications to commence

Temporary modifications to the existing commercial wharf are scheduled to start in April 2020.

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Who's listening
Name
Harry Nour - Project Delivery Engineer
Phone
4304 4339

Why is a new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf being constructed?

Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf is an important commuter, commercial and leisure facility for the Central Coast. Council is proposing to construct a new wharf at Woy Woy Town Centre to provide a significantly improved community facility that is accessible during most tide and weather conditions.

Following community feedback and investigations, Council has developed a design for the new wharf.

The replacement wharf will be situated at the same location as the existing wharf and will include a floating pontoon to provide improved access to services, including for passengers who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

What is the construction start date for the project and when will the wharf be reopened to the public?

Temporary modifications to the existing commercial wharf are scheduled to start in April 2020 and the main construction package in August 2020. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020.

What is the cost of the project and how is it being funded?

The total cost of the project is $5.32million.

This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government with $3.99million from the Regional Communities Development Fund (NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet).

Council is funding $1.33million of the project. 

What are the features of the new wharf?

The new wharf will include the following features:

  • floating pontoon to ensure community members and visitors can access ferry services and facilities in most weather and tide conditions
  • infrastructure to accommodate wheelchair
    lifting facility on the pontoon
  • covered gangway and passenger shelter
  • walkway surface constructed with decking made from recycled plastic 
  • solar lighting located: along the pontoon; along the covered gangway; and in the covered passenger shelter
  • dedicated fishing wharf
  • banner poles
  • smart benches with mobile phone charging capability
  • standard benches
  • landscaping consisting of: established salt water tolerant trees; sandstone blocks between the eastern side of the Commercial Wharf and the Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf; and grassed areas adjacent to the new seawall.

Will a shelter be built as part of the works?

The project includes construction of a covered passenger shelter and covered gangway. The new shelter will consist of two glass decorative panels on the side and rear. This feature will not only be aesthetically pleasing but will also allow further opportunities to enjoy the view, provide increased light and improve security. 

Will there be enough lighting at the new wharf?

The new wharf will feature substantial solar lighting to make it useable at night and to increase safety. 

Solar lighting will be used throughout the wharf including:

  • light poles along the pontoon
  • two solar lighting units inside the passenger shelter 
  • at least two solar lighting units inside the covered gangway. 

Existing street lighting will either be maintained or improved for areas along the carriageway, walkway and the existing pedestrian crossing.

Will the new wharf be accessible for people using wheelchairs and other mobility aids?

The wharf has been designed to be accessible for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Accessibility features include: 

  • gangway positioned on the pontoon with a safe turning element to assist community members who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids.
  • infrastructure to accommodate wheelchair lifting facility located on the pontoon.

Will the new wharf accommodate and provide facilities to allow for recreational fishing?

The new wharf will have a dedicated fishing wharf located near the intersection of Brisbane Water Drive and The Boulevarde.

The dedicated fishing wharf will be integrated with a widened walkway along the section of The Boulevarde directly in front of the new wharf and along a section of Brisbane Water Drive. 

Will the new wharf be open for all vessels, recreational and commercial?

The new wharf will be open to all vessels but passenger ferry services will have priority.

Commercial operators will continue to use the existing commercial wharf. 

Will the new wharf be built above the level of Brisbane Water during a King Tide?

The new wharf has been designed to be used during most tide and weather conditions, including a Brisbane Water King Tide.

The floating pontoon will lift and fall with the tide to ensure wharf access during most tide levels.

When will the existing wharf be decommissioned?

The existing wharf will be decommissioned in late March 2020. Ferry services will use the adjacent Commercial Wharf during the construction period. 

Is the nearby Commercial Wharf going to be closed as part of these works?

The nearby Commercial Wharf will not be impacted by construction of the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf.

During construction of the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf, the Commercial Wharf will be used by ferry services and commercial operators.

The Commercial Wharf will be closed to recreational users during construction of the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf. Ferry services will always have right of way on the Commercial Wharf during Stage 1 of the construction period.

Will the temporary use of the Commercial Wharf be accessible for people using wheelchairs and other mobility aids?

The Commercial Wharf will have disability inclusions to allow all users to have safe and inclusive access.

Will access to the Commercial Wharf be restricted during construction of the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf?

Access to the Commercial Wharf will be limited to ferry operators and commercial operations during construction of the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf.

Recreational boat users are not permitted to use the Commercial Wharf during construction of the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf. All recreational boats users should use the nearby wharf located at Lions Park, Woy Woy.

Ferry operators will have right of way over commercial operators on the Commercial Wharf. 

Will there be any restricted areas on the water during construction of the new wharf?

There will be a marked exclusion zone around the construction works within the water.

Why is the construction of the new wharf being carried out as staged works?

The works are being carried out over two stages to minimise impact on the community.

Prior to commencement of Stage 1, a fixed lower platform will be constructed adjacent to the Commercial Wharf to make it accessible for all community members during the construction period. The Commercial Wharf will be used for passenger ferry services during Stage 1 of the project.

Stage 1 will see the construction of the new floating pontoon, which will be used by all ferry services during Stage 2 works.

Stage 2 is focussed on the eastern side of the Commercial Wharf and the vicinity of the Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf. Works for the second stage of the project include construction of the sandstone block seawall and landscaping.

Scheduled ferry services will continue through the entire construction period (Stage 1 and Stage 2).

What is the closest alternative location for water vessels to dock during construction?

During construction of the new Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf ferry services will continue to operate by using the adjacent Commercial Wharf, which will have a new fixed lower platform. Ferry operators who currently use Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf will have right of way on the Commercial Wharf. 

Ferry operators who will use the Commercial Wharf during construction are: 
  • Central Coast Ferries – full-time on a scheduled timetable. 
  • Lady Kendall – predominantly in summer periods between October and March. Mostly commencing from the evenings until midnight.
  • Palm Beach Ferries – intermittent users. May use the wharf when circumstances arise.

Will there be any delays for commuters using passenger ferry services?

Central Coast Council and Central Coast Ferries are working together to minimise the risk of delays to commuters using ferry services.

There is a chance that there may be some delays to scheduled ferry services. If possible, commuters should allow extra travel time.

Will road and/or pedestrian access be impacted by construction of the new wharf?

The Boulevarde

The Boulevarde will be closed to through traffic during construction, with the exception of waste services and delivery vehicles. Closure of The Boulevarde is required to accommodate heavy equipment including large cranes, excavators and building materials. The closure of The Boulevarde will also ensure that the project is delivered as quickly as possible.

The Country Woman’s Association (CWA) will have access to their site throughout the works.
Pedestrians and cyclists will continue to be able to pass through the area using the existing shared path located on the southern side of The Boulevarde.
 
For the duration of the works a traffic management plan will be implemented to direct ferry passengers through and around the site works.
 
Brisbane Water Drive

There will be limited impact on Brisbane Water Drive during works. Construction of the dedicated fishing wharf and walkway along part of Brisbane Water Drive may require part of Brisbane Water Drive to be placed under traffic management. This work would likely take place at night to minimise impact on traffic.

Will businesses/organisations on The Boulevarde be accessible during construction of the new wharf?

Businesses/organisations located on The Boulevarde will be accessible throughout the construction period.

Council is working closely with businesses located on The Boulevarde to minimise impact during construction.

Will there be any services disruptions during construction of the new wharf?

There may be some temporary power interruptions whilst services are relocated underground.
Wherever possible, power interruptions will be scheduled to minimise impact. Advanced notification of planned power interruptions will be provided to impacted businesses and residents to minimise any inconvenience.

Will there be any noise associated with the works?

A diesel generator will be required as part of the works for the new seawall to drain water. This generator will cause some low-level noise when it is in operation.

What community consultation has taken place and what community consultation is planned?

Community consultation began in 2012 when residents identified the growing need for a new wharf to service Woy Woy and the greater Central Coast community. It was determined that the new wharf needed to be accessible in most tide and weather conditions, including for members of the community who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids and parents/carers with prams.

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