A wharf at Lake Illawarra has been repaired and reopened to the community, as part of a $4.2 million refurbishment program on the popular waterway.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said Old Merinda Wharf was one of seven jetties on Lake Illawarra being upgraded by the NSW Government.

“It’s great to see Old Merinda Wharf back in action with a fresh new look for the benefit of the local community,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Lake Illawarra is an aquatic playground and an important recreational and tourism gem, so it’s important we support that use with quality infrastructure.”

Upgrade work on Old Merinda Wharf has included: replacement of deteriorated structural beams; repairs to timber piles; installation of a non-slip mesh surface on the timber deck; and erosion control work under the structure.

Further work is underway on Tuggerah Bay jetty, followed by repairs to Koonawarra Bay and then Purry Burry jetties, with the structures progressively reopened as work is completed. Repairs are also continuing on King Street jetty and the boat skid ramp at Warrawong.

Mrs Pavey said it was expected all five structures will be back in action by the end of the year, in time for the busy Christmas/New Year period.

“It will be fantastic to have a range of maritime structures back in good working order for residents and visitors, for sightseeing, fishing and boating,” she said.

Upgrades to the markets’ car park and fence improvements on the foreshore at Northcliffe Drive have been completed, and security cameras installed.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has also just closed a survey on design options for improvements to follow next year to Dix’s Wharf and Kanahooka Boat Ramp jetties, with feedback to be shared with the community soon.