Navy wharf jobs potential

"Huge potential": AMS operations manager David Staight and Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Fiona Kotvojs at the Eden defence wharf.
"Huge potential": AMS operations manager David Staight and Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Fiona Kotvojs at the Eden defence wharf.

Eden's Navy wharf could be the potential port of call for importing material and components for the federal government's Snowy Hydro 2.0 project.

If stevedoring company Australian Marshalling Services wins a tender in process, the wharf located on Edrom Road will be used to dock, unload and transport precast concrete sections to Tatangara where underground tunnels are planned to be constructed.

"We are hopeful to win the tender. We have put in our prices and our experience is proven - it's looking positive," operations manager at AMS Stevedoring David Staight said.

"We have a strong history of working with all types of cargo including the wind turbines for Boco Rock Wind Farm near Nimmitabel.

According to Mr Staight if the tender is successful, a vessel carrying 32,000 tonnes of concrete panels would dock at the wharf each month for a period of four years. This would mean 60 full time equivalent jobs would be created for Eden and surrounds.

"The components need to be unloaded, and loaded on to trucks and transported to the Snowy. That will create direct employment, but there will also be spin off work created through that. It has the potential to have a significant effect on the local economy."

"There are enough skills and infrastructure in the area. We wouldn't need to bring anybody else in, which is a credit to the area."

Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Fiona Kotvojs said if the wharf was chosen, it would provide a "kickstart" to have more freight coming through the port.

"It has the potential to open up opportunities for Eden to be a larger freight base for the future," Ms Kotvojs said during a site visit on Friday, April 12.

Ms Kotvois said she believed the defence wharf was a cheaper option for shipping companies and contractors compared to Port Kembla, which is the other potential for the Snowy Hydro components.

"At Port Kembla the ships need to wait in line to offload, storage costs and using urban roads to transport the components would also be avoided," Ms Kotvojs said.

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