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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp
17 October 2003
A major shipping point from 1862 for the Bega Valley's rich produce, the Tathra Wharf is well on the way to enjoying a long future as a significant attraction for tourists and fishermen alike.
Checking progress on the major restoration works today, Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said the Howard Government was delighted to be contributing funding towards this major project with both the Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Government.
The Howard Government contributed $170,500 to Stage One of the project last year under its Cultural Heritage Projects Program. This stage of the project is funding urgent works to pylons and decking, as well as painting the wharf's building. Completion is expected by April 2004, to be followed by further redevelopment of the wharf and surrounds.
"Tathra Wharf is an extremely rare and outstanding reminder of the important place the Bega Valley and its produce has in the economic and social life of the region," Dr Kemp said.
"It is the only deep ocean wharf of its type on the NSW coast, providing a link with the coastal steamer trade that, for decades, fulfilled a major role on the NSW coast.
"Now it is set to have an important new role as a focus for regional recreation and tourism.
"When the project is completed, the structure and surrounds will be both stable and safe, ensuring the Tathra Wharf will continue to be a major heritage landmark in NSW."
The Cultural Heritage Projects Program is administered by the Department of the Environment and Heritage, and is open to private owners, legally incorporated not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities. It supports the conservation of places of cultural significance such as those with historic and Indigenous heritage.
Dr Kemp thanked both the NSW Government and the Bega Shire Council for cooperating in making this important joint project possible.
"The completed project will bring with it social and economic benefits for this community and the wider region. It will provide a dynamic, community-managed facility for locals and visitors to the Bega Valley," said Dr Kemp.