Works to protect Island boat ramp

Date published: 19 June 2017

Works to protect the Horseshoe Bay boat ramp are underway today ahead of a predicted bumper winter school holiday period.

Earthmoving equipment has been called in after wave and tide action had been found to have undermined the ramp’s foundations.

Council crews will excavate a large section underneath the ramp before backfilling with rock and concrete.

Some 250 tonnes of rock and about 25 cubic metres concrete is expected to be used as part of the repair.

Divisional councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the works would ensure the integrity of the structure in the future.

“This essential work will include repairs to the outer protection toe wall and installation of rock protection barriers to better protect the ramp into the future,” Cr Greaney said.

“Currently we have two, 20-tonne excavators working in an exclusion zone next to the ramp and we ask all ramp and beach goers to stay well clear.

“Half the ramp will remain operational until completion of works on Thursday to ensure minimal disruption for local boaties and water sports operators.

“With favourable tides this week, we have been able to get in there now, just before school holidays.”