Work is underway on a new seawall that will be installed at Kiama Harbour to safeguard the foreshore for future generations, and an accessible waterside walk that will be upgraded, under a $2.1 million investment by the NSW Government.
The Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands has appointed Land and Marine Ocean Engineering Pty Ltd to deliver the project.
Upgrade work will include new seawall retaining walls, new street furniture and a seating area, a new accessible ramp, stainless steel handrails and balustrades, and landscaping. The boat ramp and trailer parking area will be retained.
Crown Lands has commissioned artwork with Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council that will see a whale pattern embedded as a feature on the seawall.
The upgrade will improve the stability of the seawall and provide stronger protection against storm surges to safeguard Black Beach Reserve.
It will also improve the safety, amenity, and accessibility of the coastal walkway to provide a better experience for locals and visitors, connecting them to local features like the rockpool, blowhole and parkland.
The upgrade will reinforce Kiama’s position as a top holiday spot with an accessible coastal path, whether you want to walk, ride a bike or push a pram with your family.
The infrastructure will help Kiama showcase its natural beauty and allow cafes, restaurants and other businesses to attract more visitors.
Work is expected to be completed in about four months, depending on the weather.
Artist impression of upgraded seawall.
Artist impression of upgraded Kiama Harbour.