PORT Authority of New South Wales has invited the community at Eden to review the modification report supporting the proposal to modify the Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension to allow larger cruise ships to visit.

This follows community consultation held last year.

Port Authority of NSW head of regional ports Peter Ernst said with more people taking up the opportunity to visit regional destinations, the proposed modifications are about making sure Eden is ready to welcome more cruise passengers in the future.

“Port Authority of NSW has been investing in infrastructure that supports Eden to capitalise on the growing cruise tourism market which in 2022-23 saw over 50,000 passengers visit the region injecting over $13.7 million into the local economy,” Mr Ernst said.

“The proposed modifications to the Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension will also provide the opportunity for more than the current cap of 60 cruise ships in each year, and potentially overnight berthing – increasing the opportunity for visitors to explore and experience the beautiful Sapphire Coast and beyond.

“The proposal will also remove the 100 metres length limit on other vessel types to call at the berth including naval vessels, optimising the use of this world class facility.”

Mr Ernst added the Department of Planning and Environment is facilitating the public exhibition that is commencing on 27 September until 24 October.

“Importantly, all public submissions need to be lodged with DPE during the exhibition period,” said Mr Ernst.

“Community consultation is a key part of this public exhibition, and we are inviting the Eden community and interested groups to share their views and provide a submission to DPE.

“Eden locals can also visit our award-winning Eden Welcome Centre where they will be able to view a physical copy of the detailed Modification Report for the duration of the public exhibition.”