At a recent meeting, details of the proposed Terrigal Boardwalk were advised.
Construction cost alone is a staggering $24,000 per metre.
Estimated asset life is only 20 years.
Maintenance costs during the life of the works is unknown.
The impact of severe storm events, such as East Coast Lows, is also unknown and cannot be estimated.
Will the State Government ensure 50 per cent of maintenance and restoration costs are guaranteed during those 20 years?
Terrigal is quickly turning into an engineered coastline, devoid of natural features.
The proposed boardwalk will be additional to the seawall completed in 2000.
Farther north at Wamberal, there is the permanent issue of engineering works to protect beachfront properties.
Terrigal and Wamberal are famous for coastal engineering, with declining interest in beach activities, as both Terrigal and Wamberal Beaches recede.
I would expect Terrigal residents to be more concerned about the future of the Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club and its clubhouse, which should also be assessed for asset life.
Will Councillors make a decision that applies to the asset’s life of 20 years with unknown maintenance and restoration cost, or will they make a short-term decision passing responsibility onto future Councillors?
This is questioning that needs to be answered.
There is no doubt that recent development has been responsible for character deterioration at Terrigal.
Residents should adapt to watching more heavy machinery in action on Terrigal oceanfront.
Terrigal is an area surviving on memories, unprepared for the future.
Letter, May 16
Norman Harris, Umina