by Dom Wiseman

News that the wave attenuator project at Snug Cove, Eden is finally going to the market for Expressions of Interest has been welcomed by the developers of the Eden Marina at Cattle Bay, Eden.

According to Howard Glenn, National CEO of the Boating Industry Association, the announcement by Mr. Constance is confirmation that the NSW Government has a genuine commitment to better boating facilities in NSW.

“This is good news on all fronts,” said Mr. Glenn. “At long last, Snug Cove at Eden Harbour will be a safer destination for boaters once the Snug Cove wave attenuator is built. It is heartening to see that the Bega MP, Andrew Constance, has persevered with this project and it is now finally coming to fruition.”

Despite no commitment to extend the attenuator to cover Cattle Bay, the Eden Marina developers see this as complementary to their development.

“Projects of this size demand foresight and commitment, and for that we applaud the NSW Government and Minister Constance,” said Eden Marina at Cattle Bay spokesperson, Bob Carter. “We welcome this as the first step in improving boating in Eden. Boating and Eden are the winners. ”

With the Snug Cove wave attenuator out for EOI and the cruise ship wharf extension well under way the Eden Marina developers will attempt to secure NSW Government funding for a separate wave attenuator to protect the Eden Marina at Cattle Bay.

“We look forward to the support of boating by the NSW Government, now carrying over to Cattle Bay,” Mr Carter said. “At this site there is a compelling business case where a NSW Government funded wave attenuator will kick start a 154 berth marina, 4 ½ star international hotel, serviced apartments, restaurant, terrace and conference centre with housing development, a comprehensive resort.”