Tesch petition for Woy Woy wharf upgrade

Gosford MP Liesl Tesch with Central Coast Ferries operator.Gosford MP Liesl Tesch with Central Coast Ferries operator.

Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, has launched a petition calling on the NSW Government to undertake immediate revitalisation and upgrade works to Woy Woy Wharf.

Ms Tesch launched her campaign and petition on September 11, and is calling on Peninsula residents to show their support for an upgraded Woy Woy Wharf by signing. “The Wharf is one of the first things people see as they enter Woy Woy, we deserve a new, functional public wharf that we as a community can be proud of,” Ms Tesch said. “Local ferry operators experience severe difficulties during high and king tides, with boats becoming inaccessible for people with mobility issues, prams, or wheelchairs.

Woy Woy Wharf

High tide at Woy Woy Wharf. Image: CNP

“Public wharves at Koolewong, Ettalong and Spencer have recently received floating pontoon upgrades, allowing the wharf to rise and fall with the tide, but Woy Woy has been ignored. “Woy Woy public wharf is an important piece of infrastructure for local business, tourism and commuters,” Ms Tesch said. “Even though it’s been long overdue for an upgrade, the State Government keeps knocking back grant applications,” she added. Gosford Council has previously been the recipient of State Government grants to undertake a study to investigate options to upgrade the wharf.

“The studies have been done and the community is tired of waiting in limbo for State Government to fund the project with Council. “Let’s get on with it,” Ms Tesch said. According to Ms Tesch, the goal of the campaign is to alert State Government to how important the wharf is to the local community.

“I’m hoping that this campaign will bring Woy Woy the public wharf it deserves – a beautiful, modern, floating pontoon style wharf with inclusive access. “I’ll be standing side by side with local ferry operators, local businesses, commuters and tourists to bring Woy Woy the beautiful wharf it deserves,” Ms Tesch said. Petitions are available to sign at Ms Tesch’s Woy Woy office and at various shops around Woy Woy.

SOURCE: Media release, 20 Sep 2018 Richard Mehrtens, Office of Liesl Tesch MP