News & Events > Gareth Ward visits Blue Haven Bonaira Construction Site to Inspect Progress

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Great to have Gareth Ward visit the Blue Haven Bonaira construction site today to inspect how things are progressing.

The project has been strongly supported by the NSW Government, which has provided $18 million towards Blue Haven Bonaira.

New figures show the project is having a major economic impact on the Illawarra economy.


There are six months until the $106 million facility opens, yet the project has already generated an estimated $200 million in economic activity and 480 jobs.

More than 250 construction workers are on-site each day, busily preparing the complex for its opening in October.

Since construction started in February 2018, they’ve completed more than 225,000 hours of work.

The project has also employed 27 types of specialists, including civil and structural engineers, landscaping consultants, bushfire risk assessors, heritage management experts and interior designers.

Once complete, Blue Haven Bonaira will employ around 120 people in full time jobs, including nurses, cooks, dietitians, caterers, cleaners, administration staff, maintenance and other workers.

Kiama Council is providing $79 million towards the facility, through a $60 million loan and drawing on Blue Haven reserves.