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Hannaford's Wharf Now Open

13 December 2012

Hannaford's Wharf is now open for use.

The wharf had been out of operation for the past two months after it was damaged in a severe storm in September.

"We're really pleased that the emergency repair work has come in on time and within the budget," says Chief Executive David Hammond. "We also want to thank all everyone for their patience while repair work was being done."

The 360 Ferry will make its first trip to Hannaford's tomorrow night. Charter boat users and mussel barge operators have also been given the all-clear to resume using the wharf. These groups had been temporarily sharing use of the Sugar Loaf Wharf and Coromandel Wharf during the interim.

In November Council approved $140,000 of emergency repair work to be undertaken at Hannaford's. This included repiling and strengthening of the handrails. A temporary 12m pontoon has been put in place until the permanent 16m long gangway is constructed and installed mid-next year.

"The wharf is now safe for use," says Council project engineer Francois Pienaar. "There will be some further minor repair work which will happen in February around bracing and structural stiffening. This helps with the long-term use of the wharf."

A $275.000 planned upgrade of the wharf will start in July 2013