Green light for Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island
26 March 2015
The Australian Government is wasting no time in delivering the infrastructure Norfolk Island needs by today awarding the design contract for the Cascade Pier reconstruction to project delivery and consulting firm WorleyParsons Limited.
WorleyParsons has an intimate knowledge of Norfolk Island and will work with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to scope the necessary works for the Cascade Pier upgrade.
This work will include the completion of the design for construction works, testing the design for constructability, consulting locally with key stakeholders, developing a draft construction program and a peer review of the final design.
The reconstruction of the Cascade Pier is a vital infrastructure project which when complete will ensure Norfolk Island can take advantage of more economic opportunities.
Better access to the Cascade Pier by cruise ships will be a central part of rebuilding the Norfolk Island tourism industry and the local economy.
It is estimated that improving Norfolk Island's port infrastructure, including purchasing barges, could increase visitor numbers by up to 100,000 per year. This would generate around $8 million in revenue for the local economy.
Cascade Pier has been in existence since the 1850s and was a vital piece of infrastructure during the whaling days. Today it represents an important link for goods and services from the mainland and other destinations.
The Australian Government has committed $13 million to complete the upgrade of the Cascade Pier in the shortest possible time to ensure we create jobs and grow the Norfolk Island economy.