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Harbour plan includes focus on Breakwater

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Draft Warrnambool Harbour Master Plan is out for public comment until Friday, December 22.

“The plan details a series of priority works that are all about providing a safer launching facility for people who enjoy fishing from boats,” Warrnambool City Council Chief Executive Officer Bruce Anson said.

“Council has committed to applying for funding to deliver these works which include a new three-lane boat ramp and improved road works around the Port.

“The plan also proposes terraced seating with beach access to the north of the jetty alongside the boat ramp.

“Once these works are done their effectiveness will be monitored over a two-year period.

“The plan also includes – should it be required - the option of constructing an additional spur or breakwater.

“We also need to take care of the Breakwater itself.

“The Breakwater is owned by the Victorian Government, which recently provided Council with some funding to carry out a condition audit of the Breakwater.

“This assessment has included hiring divers to take underwater video of the structure.

“It’s fair to say that the Breakwater is showing the effects of more than a century of battering by some big ocean waves.

The concrete and stone structure, built over several years in the latter part of the 19th century, has been eroded in a number of sections.

 “The underwater video reveals extensive erosion of some concrete blocks at the base of the Breakwater and large gaps between some of the concrete blocks. The gaps are widening and in some instances it is possible to look through the gaps from one side of the Breakwater to the other.”

A report on the Breakwater will be finalised in early 2018.

“Council is committed to ensuring the Breakwater is maintained in good working condition,” Mr Anson said

“We’ll discuss the findings of the report with the Victorian Government and advocate for what work might be required to make sure that the Breakwater remains a safe, functional and cared for piece of our city’s built heritage.”


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