City of Launceston puts new Tamar River pontoons in position at Home Point

Access to the Tamar River will be made that bit easier for the Navy Cadets and Sea Scouts with two 10-tonne floating pontoons being maneuvered into place.

Under perfect conditions on Friday morning the pontoons were placed back in the water, reducing an expected timespan to relocate them by several days.

The original pontoons were severely damaged in the June 2016 floods and have been completely rebuilt on the original steel structures. 

Passers-by would have seen the two large structures in Royal Park for the past few weeks before they were lifted into the water by crane on Thursday.

The pontoons have also had some upgrade work done with non-slip fibreglass grid mesh replacing the old timber surfaces.

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City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten asked people to be mindful of work undertaken to secure the pontoons over the end of the week.

“There will be some small pedestrian detours in place around the work site this week, with a large crane operating, so we ask for people’s patience,” he said. 

“The pontoons are being launched from Royal Park, and then they will be towed by barge into position near Home Point for the Navy Cadets and Sea Scouts to use.”

There will be some small pedestrian detours in place around the work site this week.

Albert van Zetten