Woy Woy wharf opened in front of invited guests
The Woy Woy wharf was opened in front of invited guests on Monday, October 25, with ribbon-cutting by Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch and Central Coast Council administrator Mr Rik Hart.
"What a beautiful day to officially open Woy Woy town centre's new wharf," Mr Crouch said.
"After 14 months of construction, today marks the first day of the new wharf being open to everyone in our community.
"The project features a floating pontoon, dedicated fishing area, boardwalk, new seating benches including smart benches with mobile phone charging capability, banner poles and landscaping.
"It was fantastic to see the new wharf in action today with Central Coast Ferries already putting it to good use."
Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch said: "The wharf has been a long journey for the community and it is the community who deserved to open the wharf and witness this historical event."
"This has been in the pipeline since 2011 and in 2018 we pushed the NSW Liberal Government to give us our wharf when 4000 people signed our petition."
"Today after three months of sitting and waiting, despite the wharf being complete, the fence was taken down for the official ribbon cutting ceremony to which the community were not invited."
For the official ceremony Ms Tesch invited 91-year-old local historian Ms Gwen Dundon as well as Australian Ferry Society president Mr John Bennett.
Ms Dundon said: "I am so happy for the ferry owners that come in here because it really has been terrible for them at high tides for so many years, with the old wharf often going under the water.
"This wharf is a huge improvement and can only bring more tourists to Woy Woy. The wharf has always been of importance to Woy Woy in the past, and in the present to some extent."
Ms Tesch said: "It is a shame our community were not able to enjoy this facility during lockdown and I hope that other community resources are not put on hold again for ribbon cutting and formalities.
"Today people were already fishing off the wharf, riding their bikes along the path, enjoying their morning coffee on the benches and looking at the magnificent view off our wharf."
In a social media post, Central Coast Ferries thanked Ms Tesch, Mr Crouch and Central Coast Council "for this $5.65 million project to replace the old wharf with a more modern floating pontoon wharf that will greatly improve accessibility for our disabled and elderly ferry passengers".
Social media, 25 Oct 2021
Adam Crouch, Member for Terrigal
Media release, 25 Oct 2021
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford
Social media, 25 Oct 2021
Central Coast Ferries