Work to bring the historic Point Gellibrand Seawall in Williamstown back to life has taken another step with consultants SMEC appointed to assess how to make the structure safe and functional for years to come.
Following the technical investigations, options analysis and design concepts, the Seawall will either be repaired or fully reconstructed as part of the Victorian Government’s $21 million Urban Parks Active Wellbeing program.
While repairs were made to the Seawall in the 1960s, it dates to the 1850s and needs works to ensure the community can continue to safely enjoy its promenade. Parks Victoria will work with Heritage Victoria on this project, to ensure the Seawall is both recognised for its values and protected, while SMEC will provide options and design concepts after geotechnical and structural investigations.
Parks Victoria expects to start works on the Seawall in 2022, following the necessary preliminary work and after obtaining relevant permits for the project.
The Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program is delivering $21 million of upgrades at 21 parks so that more Melburnians spend time outdoors and enjoy the benefits of being in nature.
The upgrades include new picnic shelters and tables, improved toilets, carpark repairs, upgraded electric BBQs, replacement of playground equipment, signage upgrades, wider and more accessible pathways, trail repairs and the extension of the Bay Trail at Point Cook Coastal Park.
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne
“Walking along the Seawall has become a rite of passage for locals and visitors all year, especially on sunny days as they grab an ice cream or a coffee to enjoy the views.”
“Bringing SMEC on board brings us one step closer to starting works on this project, which will ensure visitors to the park can enjoy the area for years to come.”
“This project to renovate the Seawall and protect its heritage values is a big win for the Williamstown community. I look forward to seeing Williamstown families safely walk along the wall, taking in the views and heritage of the park for many more generations.”