Member for Manly, James Griffin has welcomed the start of preliminary work to redevelop Manly Cove West, which includes the former Sea Life building (Manly Aquarium).

Mr Griffin said the early works will comprise site investigations in the water, around the existing boardwalk and within the former Sea Life building itself. For a few days, the work will include concrete core drilling.

“Sea level and coastal studies will also be undertaken to understand the impacts on the Manly West Esplanade beach following the planned demolition of the former Sea Life building,” Mr Griffin said.

Investigations will begin tomorrow (Thursday, 30 November) and continue weekdays until Thursday 29 February, with the concrete core drilling to be carried out next Monday to Friday (4-8 December), conditions permitting.

No work will be conducted on the weekends or public holidays.

The concrete core drilling will be noisy at times but where possible, measures will be implemented to reduce the noise and dust associated with the work.

Initiatives will include the addition of shade cloth mesh to temporary fencing, turning off equipment when not in use, and placing equipment as far away as possible from businesses.

Access will be maintained to businesses and for pedestrians around the work. Further information is available on the Project Infoline, 1800 770 973 or by emailing [email protected]

Mr Griffin said when the project is fully completed, the site will create a new public space for both locals and visitors to enjoy.

“The work will create a place which respects the local cultural heritage and reconnects the Manly Pavilion and heritage buildings with the beach by removing the former Sea Life building.

“I have long advocated for this project. I am excited about the investigative work beginning and look forward to the ultimate redevelopment of Manly Cove West,” Mr Griffin said.