Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

A trio of rusting sobs in the bay at Taren Point will be relocated shortly after sitting dormant for decades.

The three barges have rusted away in the bay for more than 30 years and were abandoned by the former adjoining tenant in about 2014, a Transport spokesman for NSW said.

“Transport for NSW has obtained planning approval to remove the barges and will soon launch a tender for the works,” the spokesman said.

“Removal of the barges is expected to take place by mid-2022.”

That Leader contacted Transport for NSW after local resident Harvey Langford asked us to solve the mystery of the identity of the rusting structures.

Langford moved to the area 18 months ago and had wondered what the structures were as he walked past them on the path at the end of Atkinson Road.

“I had no idea what they could be and had asked people who went together and no one seemed to know,” he said.

Langford said he was looking forward to the proposed extension of the Sutherland Shire Council’s five-kilometer-long Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway, from which the rusty barges can be seen.

The trail is part of the 43.6-kilometer-long Botany Bay Trail, which will enable the community to safely walk and cycle along a dedicated common trail around Botany Bay from La Perouse to Kurnell.

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