Huskisson Mangrove Boardwalk Upgrade

The Huskisson Mangrove Boardwalk is in a state of decline and refurbishment of the structure is being undertaken to provide a safer, wider and inclusive structure.

Huskisson Mangrove Boardwalk

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Great News - The reconstruction of the Mangrove Boardwalk is complete and open to the public. 12 interpretive signs about the Mangroves have been installed along the boardwalk with seating at each viewing area. Witness the wonders of the mangroves at high, mid, or low tide. Additional works at Lady Denman Reserve will provide accessible paths to the boardwalk and the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum.

About the project

The Huskisson Mangrove Boardwalk was constructed as a bicentennial project in 1988.

The timber structure was built over the sensitive ecosystem of mudflats and mangroves of Currambene Creek, Jervis Bay. It is located adjacent to the Lady Denman Museum.

In June 2022 Council received grant funding from the NSW Government - Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLERF) to undertake refurbishment of the boardwalk. This project will upgrade the existing boardwalk, providing a wider 1.8m pathway, improved accessibility features, intermittent seating, and interpretative signage containing educational information about the environmental and cultural importance of the mangrove ecosystem. The boardwalk, already a popular local site, will provide an enhanced and resilient structure which is welcoming to individuals, families, school groups, cultural tours, residents, and tourists.

Additional works included approx. 50m of new concrete path to connect to Dent Street plus a new footbridge at the floodgate.

Local Company ALI Civil Pty Ltd were awarded the construction contract and commenced works on site on the 5 June 2023. The construction will provide an upgraded asset with a 40-year lifespan and the works were undertaken in a manner which acknowledges the culturally and environmentally sensitive environment which forms part of the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

The construction of the boardwalk involved a ‘Top Down’ methodology – a systematic installation which will mitigate damage to the environment. This involved the demolishment of existing boardwalk in sections, then construct the new sections and so on. The boardwalk has been designed to allow heavy equipment to use the new boardwalk to drive piles from above therefore not impacting on the mangroves.  

Additional works will be undertaken at Lady Denman Reserve to provide accessible paths to the boardwalk and the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. 

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