Maintenance works for Bastion Point groyne wall – East Gippsland

In response to the deteriorating condition of the groyne rock wall, East Gippsland Shire Council is working on a remediation project at Bastion Point boat ramp. This initiative is not only aimed at ensuring the safety of boat ramp users but also at safeguarding the integrity of this vital coastal asset.

Since construction, the boat ramp has served the needs of the community, visitors, the abalone industry and is a crucial emergency evacuation point, as demonstrated during the 2019/20 fires.

The breakwater has suffered damage over time from wave action. Repairs and rock clearances have been undertaken on the head of the breakwater and in the boat access channel. Recently, large rocks have washed off the groyne wall during storms.

Mayor Cr Tom Crook said by addressing issues affecting the breakwater, Council is committed to extending its lifespan and maintaining it as a crucial piece of infrastructure for Mallacoota.

“The works will not change the location or design of the rock wall but are considered a maintenance function to maintain the integrity of the existing structure. This work is proactive maintenance and is focused on boater and community safety,” Cr Crook said.

Planned work has been informed by investigations by a reputable coastal engineering company who conducted thorough site investigations. These investigations were crucial in securing grant funding from Better Boating Victoria for the design of these immediate remediation works and maintenance efforts.

“We are grateful for the support from Better Boating Victoria, which allows us to proceed with the remediation works in a timely manner. This support underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in safeguarding our coastal assets,” Cr Crook said.

Remediation works will include the construction of a new rock armour on the seaward side of the existing breakwater to reduce wave action.

“The completion of the design phase marks a significant milestone in these remediation works and will ensure that the work is fit-for purpose. We are now moving forward with the tender process and we aim to commence construction as soon as possible. The proposed timeline for works will be advised prior to construction and will avoid the high tourism season and the main abalone season where possible.

“We will keep the community informed throughout the project, and address concerns raised by residents.”

Project updates will be shared on Council’s YourSay website.

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