Next stage in Red Cliffs boardwalk project
Tuesday 28 May, 2019
The next step towards erecting a new boardwalk on the Murray River at Red Cliffs will start this week.
Contractors will be working during the week to demolish the existing boardwalk so a new one can be built on the site.
Parks Victoria has been working with the local community for the past 18 months regarding the future of the boardwalk.
A local engineer was engaged to develop concept designs for a new boardwalk, erosion prevention work, a carpark and roadworks. The Red Cliffs Focus Group had the opportunity to have input on these designs.
Last year the boardwalk project was selected for funding through the community-driven Pick My Project.
Due to the age and poor condition of the current boardwalk, as well as additional damage sustained during storms and floods in November 2016, the boardwalk has been closed for safety since 2016.
The boardwalk was assessed by an independent engineer and the damage to the boardwalk is too significant to be repaired. Hence it is being removed to make way for a new boardwalk.
The boardwalk sits on a significant midden site. Parks Victoria has a responsibility to protect this site and prevent any further damage.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader, Rob McGlashan
“Once the funding becomes available through Pick My Project, it is expected that a contractor will be selected to erect the new boardwalk in late 2019.”
“In the meantime, visitors can continue to enjoy great views of the river and cliffs at a viewing platform approximately 500m downstream of the boardwalk off Woomera Avenue.”