The existing timber and concrete promenade along the Ski Way Park foreshore near the boat ramp has collapsed and needs to be replaced. Community and stakeholders provided feedback on a series of replacement options. The preferred option selected involves removing all of the existing structure and installing a combination of rock armour retaining wall (revetment) and new promenade.
Stage 1 included in the demolition of the northern and southern sections of the promenade and the addition of rock armour to the southern section. This work was completed in July 2018.
Stage 2 will include demolition of the centre section of the promenade and the construction of new north and centre promenade sections (the southern section will not be replaced). This work is programmed to begin in 2019.
New rock armour formed part of stage 1 of the renewal work.
Rock armour is a protective structure built parallel to the water’s edge to protect the shore and prevent inland flooding and inundation. Structures include sloping rock revetments and solid vertical and near-vertical retaining walls. Rock armour will withstand extreme stresses from storm flows, helping protect the foreshore from erosion and maintain safe public access to the foreshore.
The promenade will be constructed with marine grade timber i.e. timber piles, headstocks and girders. This will support the fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) boardwalk. The promenade will also include rock armour protection underneath to protect the existing retaining walls and prevent erosion.
FRP is a composite material made up of polymer that is supported with fibres for added strength. It is commonly used in industries such as aerospace, construction and marine to build structures that require added resistance to withstand any form of forced deformation. FRP is lightweight and will not rush, rot or corrode and has a design life span of approximately 100 years.
Fibre reinforced polymer with mini mesh pattern
A new ramp leading down from the foreshore alongside the northern jetty has also been proposed to allow access to a kayak launching pad. We are currently working on a concept design to suit the area and tides. A fish cleaning table will be also added.
Example of a fish cleaning table at Reddall Reserve
Work will involve the demolition of the existing timber and concrete promenade. Replacement will include replacing sections of promenade and adding basalt armour rocks along the affected section of foreshore.
The work site will be located in a fenced-off section of the carpark near the boat ramp.
Hours of construction are expected to be between 7 am and 5 pm Monday - Friday. Because construction work is subject to tides, seas and swell some work may be necessary outside the specified hours.
For the duration of the works, a section of the carpark will be fenced off and closed to public access. Access to the boat ramp will not be affected.
We understand that this is a popular fishing spot and will endeavour to keep as much of the area open as possible. The boat ramp will remain accessible during the works.
Environmental and heritage issues have been considered during the planning process. A ‘Review of Environmental Factors’ report has been prepared and its recommendations will be implemented, in addition to obtaining a permit from Fisheries NSW once the detailed design is completed.
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