The machinery and worksite will be gone from Austinmer Beach by summer!
Construction equipment has been taking up valuable parking space at the beach since May 2014. Work ground to a halt shortly after when contractors, Specialised Marine Services, went into voluntary liquidation.
Affective Services took up the job in April 2015 with the Northern pool completed last December, saying work has been hampered by adverse weather and ocean conditions.
Now, the final stage is planned, and the pools will be lit up at night to allow workers to complete the job.
Wollongong Council will take advantage of the predicted super low tides in coming weeks to finish the remaining refurbishment of the southern rock pool.
Completion works began in March, however tides, sea and swell conditions have hampered the workers access as they attempted to install precast concrete panels into the Southern pool’s Eastern wall.
Council’s director of infrastructure and works Mike Hyde says the lowest tides (0.3m) are forecast from August 17 to 23. “Unfortunately, these low tides also occur at night, from midnight until 6am, so work will be carried out overnight. If the weather is uncooperative, we will try again in the next low-tide period, from September 15 to 21, but due to the tides, this will also be overnight. “
The work involves the use of construction lighting known as ‘Daymakers’ as well as excavators to lift the heavy pre-cast panels into place. Some hand-drilling will also take place throughout the night.
Nearby residents have been notified. “We acknowledge that night works are potentially disruptive,” says Mike, “but they will provide an opportunity to complete the project as soon as possible.”