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Marion Council is delighted the State Government will jointly fund the $4.8 million of work required to completely renew two sections of the Coastal Walkway, and build an extension.
This means about 30,000 people per year will again be able to walk its full 8kms.
Council temporarily closed 2.5kms of the walkway as a safety precaution in June 2019.
The majority of the section was reopened in February this year following intensive engineering work.
Council developed a $4.8 million plan to rebuild Grey Road and Kurnabinna Terrace gullies, and connect the walkway between Heron Way Reserve and the Field River in November last year.
Council committed $2.4 million to the work.
This April, the State Government agreed to match Council’s $2.4 million with funding from its $50 million stimulus package to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus.
Work is expected to begin in the coming months.
The gullies will remain closed until the rebuild is completed. Diversions are in place.
The walkway is about 20 years old.
Council has developed a long-term renewal plan to completely rebuild the structures, which would cost an estimated $14.5 million over 10 years.
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Diversions were put in place so people could enjoy the remainder of the walkway.
Sections at Marino Rocks Boat Ramp and Marine Parade were reopened in October.
Council reopened 2kms of the walkway in February 2020.
The Coastal Walkway runs about 8km in Marion from Marino Esplanade to Hallett Cove Headland Reserve.
An engineering audit recommended part of the walkway should be closed as a safety precaution while repair work is undertaken.
As a result of a routine inspection, staff engaged an engineer to undertake a detailed assessment of the walkway.
The engineers recommended repair work to timber boardwalks and footings along parts of the structure.
The walkway was built in the late 1990s.
The Marino Rocks Café and the Boatshed Café are open and accessible.
Council will seek to address the impact of stormwater and erosion on the Coastal Walkway as part of a broader Coastal Walkway Asset Management Plan it will receive in November 2020.