Million dollar makeover underway for Terrigal Haven boat ramp

Photo Gostalgia from Gosford Library Local History ArchiveThe Terrigal Haven boat ramp in earlier times

A$1 million upgrade to the boat ramp at Terrigal Haven is due to commence in early May, according to member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch MP.

Mr Crouch said the upgrade would ensure boaters enjoyed safer and improved access to the ocean from the boat ramp. “The NSW Government provided Gosford Council a $750,000 grant toward the million dollar upgrade of Terrigal Haven boat ramp through the NSW Boating Now program,” he said. “The existing boat ramp was built in the 1980s and is one of only two in the Gosford Local Government Area with direct access to the ocean for boats, making it extremely popular. “Gosford Council will be carrying out the work which will improve access and the boat ramp’s usability for all boat users in the area,” said Mr. Crouch. “Work will take around three months to complete, weather permitting.”

Gosford mayor, Cr Lawrie McKinna said the million dollar makeover would deliver a safer and more accessible three-lane boat ramp. “The Terrigal Haven boat ramp has become extremely popular, especially after the ex-HMAS Adelaide was scuttled off Avoca Beach in 2011,” Cr McKinna said. “Terrigal is a major tourism area for our region and improving this vital recreational facility will propel the local economy, and provide enhanced access for fishing, diving and boating enthusiasts.

“The upgrade includes re-profiling and resurfacing the ramp to improve its useability in a variety of conditions, installing access platforms and stairs as well as special markers to better indicate the harbour’s boating only zone,” he said. “Unfortunately, the ramp will be closed during the upgrade to allow it to be completed safely and as quickly as possible,” Cr McKinna said. “I would like to apologise for any inconvenience and thank the community in advance for its understanding and patience.”

Construction was expected to start on May 2. Alternate boat ramps to access the ocean are available at Woy Woy, Pretty Beach and Norah Head.

Media release, Apr 29, 2016 Debra Wales, office of Adam Crouch Media release, Apr 29, 2016 Gosford Council media