Stakeholders say Eden is set to become the only protected small boat port between Melbourne and Sydney with a deep safe entry, following confirmation of the award of a tender to build a wave attenuator, and likely prospects for the development of a marina.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance announced on April 29 construction of the Eden wave wall will start later this year, which POEM secretary Dr Rob Bain said is "excellent news for the community and for local and visiting amateur fishers and sailors."
Dr Bain said it was a complete surprise the funding for the project was significantly higher than anticipated.
"Mr Constance deserves special thanks as the NSW government has now committed $27million to the project, $8million more than the original budget," Dr Bain said.
The tender has been awarded to Austral constructions and work is scheduled to commence on site late in 2021 and be completed in late 2022.
"The 366 metre, fixed panel wave attenuator is the first major step towards what will be a safe, small boat harbour based around a marina in Snug Cove," Dr Bain said.
"Now that the tender process for the attentuator has been completed, consultations can commence with the aim of attracting private investment in the marina and related shore facilities.
"A Snug Cove marina will be welcomed by interstate ocean travellers and people from the Monaro, Canberra and elsewhere looking to leave their boats safely in the water at the coast."
According to Dr Bain a marina will boost local tourism in the Sapphire Coast region and over time will create a new industry and jobs for Eden with boat maintenance, repair and delivery.