The contract for the ground-breaking project has been awarded to the Australian firm, Subcon Technologies Pty Ltd.
The winning bid included an innovative design for a steel-reinforced concrete artificial reef module standing five metres high and weighing more than 25 tonnes. The South Coast reef will use 20 of these modules, making it more than twice the size of NSW’s 1st offshore artificial reef located off the coast of Sydney.
Production of the reef modules is expected to begin in September at Port Kembla. The modules will then be delivered to Shoalhaven Bight for deployment.
Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock said the reef will cost just under $1m and is expected to create a high-quality habitat for a range of fish species, as well as a boost to the local economy.
“This artificial reef will provide fishing location for boat fishers looking to snag larger target species including snapper and kingfish,” Mrs Hancock said.