South Burnie Breakwater Reconstruction

The breakwater project will begin in early April and is expected to be completed at the end of June 2018. The $300,000 project is part funded by a Recreational Boating grant from Marine and Safety Tasmania.

The rock breakwater was significantly damaged during the June 2016 floods and the works will include a 10m extension to the west to provide calmer and safer conditions for all users, in particular for emergency services and police launch activities.  

The reconstruction comprises reusing the existing rock as an inner core and placing new 3 to 6 tonne armour rock to form a 7.3 m wide top crest approximately 3.0 m above the high water mark with side batters of 1.5 Horizontal to 1.0 Vertical as shown in the diagram. Council conducted detailed wave and storm modelling to ensure the new bund has the size and capacity to withstand greater than 1 in 100 year storms.

During the works, public access to the northern boat ramp and jetty will be closed, however the public will continue to have access to the southern boat ramp and jetty. We ask that all users of the area obey all advice, signage and speed limits.  Boat trailer and vehicle parking along the ramp access road will not be permitted to ensure clearance and safety for haulage trucks carrying heavy rock.  

The works will be undertaken on behalf of Council by Groves Earthmoving Pty Ltd.  

For queries or further information, please contact Council’s Manager Engineering Services, Mr Rowan Sharman on 6430 5752 or

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