Artificial reef for NSW South Coast

Katrina Hodgkinson Gareth Ward Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson. Gotta love the suit, tie and lifejacket combination. Katrina Hodgkinson Gareth Ward
Artificial reef for abalone Western Australian firm Subcon has been contracted to build the 25-tonne artificial reefs. Pictured is one of the firm's designs for abalone farming. Artificial reef for abalone

Artificial reef for NSW South Coast
The artificial reefs destined for the NSW South Coast. Many centuries from now, undersea explorers will rediscover these strange structures, where they will be baffled by what appear to be the remains of a long-lost civilisation.

The NSW Government says the South Coast is to receive an offshore artificial after a contract for the project was awarded to Western Australian firm Subcon Technologies. The artificial reef will be ready in time for Christmas, according to a joint statement today by NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, and the Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock.



The new reef will be made from a concrete artificial reef module reinforced with steel. It will measure more than 5m high and weigh more than 25,000kg. The artificial reef structure will be made from 20 modules and the modules will be manufactured locally, on the NSW South Coast.

We’re guessing they did the math and figured that trucking 20 or so 25-tonne blocks across the entire country wasn’t the most efficient option.

According to NSW South Coast Member, Shelley Hancock, the reef will cost about $950,000. With one-year fishing licences in NSW currently costing $35 a pop, the cost of the reef is equivalent to 27,142 one-year paid fishing licences.


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