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End of the line for Snug Cove wharf tourism precinct


East Coast Radio has been told the doors have been padlocked on the wharf building at Snug Cove at Eden and tenants turfed out of the tourism precinct by the NSW Government's Crown Lands department.

It's understood former tenants have been told to make appointments with security guards to get their property assets out of the building by October 30.

Former leaseholder, the Marine Discovery Centre and its sub-tenants, which included a restaurant, three cafes, an art gallery a fish and chip shop and two residential tenants were shocked to receive notice to vacate recently following a building inspection done by NSW Crown Lands.

It's understood the government agencies in the wharf building, that is Border Force (formerly Customs) and the Water Police, have been allowed to remain for now.

Marine Discovery Centre manager Kerryn Wood said the Centre board  had been trying to get Crown Lands to upgrade the building for over a decade.

She said the suddenness of the breach of notice came as a huge shock and and is a major loss to Eden and the region. 

Eden Chamber president Peter Whiter has said about $1 million dollars is needed to fix the building to an acceptable standard and has said he's frustrated no support for the tourism precinct has been forthcoming.