Push for rock wall funding
THE seawalls along Dutton Way have had a long and not always glorious history, and now there’s a battle to get vital maintenance work done on them.
Glenelg Shire councillors voted last week to look for funding opportunities to pay for much needed maintenance to the seawalls.
It followed a report, the Dutton Way East Revetment Design, which was commissioned by the council and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Consultants Water Technology designed a rock revetment (fortification) upgrade for the 8.6km of seawalls, which is made up of the Dutton Way, Henty Bay (largely the result of local landowners trying to protect their property from erosion) and Fergusons Rd walls.
Dutton Way wall, the section to the west before the seaside properties, was about 60 years old and some of the smaller rocks were now exposed to the waves as larger rocks have fallen off.
“Progressive collapse of the seawall occurs when these small rocks are washed out and the crest of the wall drops,” the report says.