Port of Eden Marina Inc group (POEM) will talk with Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy on Monday afternoon to ask him why the $10million, promised by the Federal Government to build a breakwater wharf extension in Eden, has yet to be delivered.
Rob Bain and Fritz Drenkhahn of POEM, will also take the opportunity to lobby Dr Hendy to “put pressure” on the NSW State Government, to kick in $5million to build a wave attenuator to make Snug Cove a "safe harbour".
Their lobbying efforts coincide with wild weather on Sunday, which resulted in Eden Water Police coming to the assistance of yacht ‘Daughter of the Wind’, when the yacht ran aground at Snug Cove after breaking free from its mooring.
POEM president Fritz Drenkhahn said POEM wants to see both projects, the wharf extension and the wave attenuator, come together as one.
“We’re meeting with Peter Hendy this afternoon, at 4pm in Bega (electoral office),”Mr Drenkhahn said.
“It’s a follow up meeting, mainly to see what the Commonwealth is up to with the $10million, what the hold-up is.
“We want to also see if they can put pressure on the state for a further $5m. That’s the bare bones cost of the wave attenuator.”
POEM has had a marina consultant prepare a costing for the attenuator build, which is where the $5million figure originates.
Mr Drenkhahn did not witness ‘Daughter of the wind’ come close to shipwrecking on Sunday, but has seen images of the rescue.
“When I saw the photo of the police boat towing the yacht, I was immediately worried about the safety angle. If that tow rope had snapped…
“Why do we put people in danger when we don’t have to?”
POEM hopes to talk with Dr Hendy first and foremost about what it will take to make Snug Cove a safe harbour.
“What happened yesterday (Sunday) would not happen with a wave attenuator.
“A wave attenuator is public money; it would be State Government infrastructure, and should have public access.
“It would be a great fishing and vantage spot; people can walk out and look at Snug Cove from a new perspective.”