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Coastal Walkway Redevelopment

Council has endorsed a $4.8 million Coastal Walkway plan to re-open the gullies and extend the walkway to Field River mouth.

Work for the redevelopment will cost $4.8 million, with Council providing $2.4 million, a figure State Government has matched as part of its stimulus package to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus.

Council temporarily closed 2.5kms of the walkway as a safety precaution in June last year. Council reopened approximately 2kms of the boardwalk in February following repair work. Gullies will remain closed until rebuilt. Diversions and the appropriate signage are in place.

Aspect Studios has been engaged to undertake the design for the gullies and new connection of the Field River.


November 2019 - Council endorse $4.8 million Coastal Walkway plan to re-open gullies and extend the walkway to Field River mouth.

April 2020 - Council receives State Government funding of $2.4 million.

August 2020 - Pre-Design Community Engagement held at Cove Civic Center and online engagement open until 4 September 2020.

October 2020 - Phase 1 - Feasibility of options / Survey / Geo technical / Environmental / Cultural / Technical / Cost review / Community Notification on Design option/s.

November 2020 - Council Report to endorse Design.

December 2020 - Phase 2 - Detailed Design Development and commence construction / Develop Detailed Design / Civil - Structural Design / Technical review / Approvals / Develop construction technical briefs for Tender / Commence construction.

June 2022 - Construction works complete and open to the community.

September 2022 - Council experienced procurement delays with key materials required for the Grey Road Gully and Kurnabinna Gully suspension bridges.

December 2022 - Council considered in confidence construction details relating to the building of the Coastal Walkway bridges. The Bridge design elements have been finalised, with site mobilisation to commence early 2023. Council staff undertook a letterbox drop and door knocked local residents. Information included the Fryer Street Reserve being used as a temporary construction compound.

January 2023 - Council worked through the approval process for the site compound location at Fryer Street Reserve. The Council Assessment Panel approved the site compound on 15 February 2023.

February 2023 - Works commenced late February, starting with the construction of the site compound at Fryer Street Reserve. For further information read the Start of Works Notice.

To receive updates and stay informed on the project please follow the link to: Making Marion Coastal Walkway

Please follow the link to view the latest: Coastal Walkway Flyer

Grey Road Gully - Bridge Concept

Kurnabinna Gully - Bridge Concept

Coastal Walkway Diversion