Piles of progress in $20m Cairns wharves upgrade
The $20 million wharf upgrade is part of the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project and is scheduled to be completed by April next year.
The contract to supply steel piles worth $3.5 million for the wharf works was awarded to J Steel Australasia.
Dredging for the development is complete, with the 111m-long dredging ship Balder R leaving port last week.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy hailed the dredging a resounding success, saying it signalled a new era for Cairns.
“A deeper channel means one thing for Cairns – jobs, jobs and more jobs,” Mr Healy said.
“Dredging alone will now generate $849 million for our economy, helping businesses to grow and train new apprentices.”
The Cairns Shipping Development Project has delivered a wider and deeper navigation channel into the Port of Cairns and established a new Smith’s Creek Swing Basin.
Over the coming weeks minor channel bed-levelling and final surveys of the project area will be carried out as will the de-mobilisation of plant and equipment and initiation of rehabilitation works in accordance with the project approval conditions.
Existing wharves 1-6 are heritage listed structures with the majority of the structure built more than 100 years ago.
These wharves will be upgraded to accommodate the increased ship sizes that will now be berthing in the Port of Cairns.
Ports North engaged heritage and wharf design experts to develop an innovative design that retains the majority of the existing heritage wharves 1-5 by installing a series of independent dolphin structures inset into the wharves.
A new concrete jetty will be constructed along the front of wharf 6 to replace the decayed timber wharf structure, with a portion of the old structure to be revealed and retained for heritage and interpretive purposes.