Eastern Sister PathwayCorporate
Council, at its 12 September 2016 meeting, awarded a contract ($1.56 million) to South East Services to construct a coastal pathway and seawall at the Eastern Sister Headland, Sorrento.
This pathway will provide coastal access between Camerons Bight Beach and Sullivan Bay. A 270 metre long rock revetment topped with a 2 metre wide crushed rock pathway will be constructed. It also provides protection of the headland cliffs through provision of a sloping face to absorb the energy of incoming waves during storm events.
The pathway finished level will be approximately 2 metres above the Mean Sea Level elevation for Port Phillip and takes into account predicted sea level rise to 2070 resulting from climate change.
Commencement of Works
Works are scheduled to begin on Monday 3 April 2017. The initial activities will focus on site establishment, including fencing of the construction compound, site office and diversion of pedestrians around the works.
The construction contractor will occupy the foreshore car park opposite Camerons Bight jetty throughout the duration of works. The entire car park will be closed to public access and will be used for the storage and unloading of materials. At the conclusion of works, it is proposed to resurface the car park with asphalt.
Project signs will be installed at strategic locations to inform the public of the works.
The beach between the Camerons Bight jetty and the steps below Parks Victoria’s Information Centre will also be closed during works for public safety reasons. This section of beach will be used by large dump trucks to transport rock materials from the construction depot to the site of works. Access pathways to the beach will be blocked off with temporary fencing.
A temporary boat rack will be provided east of Camerons Bight jetty to accommodate dinghies that owners need to access during the project construction period.
Placement of Rocks in the Seawall
The transport and placement of rock materials into the seawall will begin after Easter. Two types of rock material are being used. The inner core of the seawall will be constructed from dark grey coloured basalt rock. This material will be entirely covered with larger brown granite rocks which more closely match the colour of the Eastern Sister cliffs. Only the brown granite rocks will be visible at the conclusion of works. The seawall will be topped with a granitic sand material to provide a pedestrian pathway.