PROGRESS on the new commercial wharf on Port Macquarie's foreshore have been held up due to a variation of the pylon lengths.
The commercial wharf is a $4 million state government funded project that will revitalise an important stretch of the coastal linkages between Westport Park and the beaches.
It replaces the old Hastings River Fishermen's Co-operative and will include a new fishermen's wharf, an unloading jetty, two new large mooring berths, an extension of the boardwalk along Kooloonbung Creek and the realignment of the existing rock revetment.
Work is expected to recommence on October 28 after a setback that saw the length of the 41 pylons earmarked for the unloading wharf structure fall short.
A department spokesperson said the subsurface geotechnical conditions encountered were significantly different from those expected based on the initial site investigations which lead to a change in design.
The new pylons are longer and are now made from steel rather than timber.
The delay, which will set the completion of the project back to early 2021, is due to the fabrication and delivery of the new pylons, a department spokesperson confirmed.
The re-adjustment has added an extra $1.5 million to the project which is funded by the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment's Coastal Infrastructure Program.
The program is now managed by the Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office within Transport for NSW.
The Town Centre Master Plan Committee raised concerns about what the site would look like over Christmas period, particularly in terms of pedestrian access around the foreshore, Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said.
Mrs Williams said a meeting with Crown Lands agreed to ensure the site was tidy and appropriate and safe pedestrian access points were provided for the duration of the project over the busy holiday season.