Keeping Victorian coastal icons healthy and safe
Wednesday 17 June, 2020
Twelve Apostles pipelines progress and Gibson Steps cliff works begin
Major works to improve environmental safeguards and ensure visitor safety around the Twelve Apostles visitor precinct will commence this month.
Beginning in late June, works will progress on the final stages of an $8.6 million project to install two 11km pipelines between the Twelve Apostles visitor site and Port Campbell. One pipeline will carry sewage from the visitor site to the Port Campbell treatment plant, ensuring Environmental Protection Authority standards are met as visitor numbers continue to rise. A second pipeline will supply drinkable water to the visitor site. Currently, water is trucked in daily, and the pipeline will remove over 500 trips every year.
With pipeline works completed along the Great Ocean Road, the project focus now moves to the Twelve Apostles visitor site. While the night-time works will not impact visitor areas during daylight hours, there will be some traffic control in place during June and July to manage visitors and construction vehicles.
At nearby Gibson Steps, recent assessments have identified a potentially hazardous section of cliff either side of the staircase to the beach.
Commencing in June, the staircase will be closed to allow the overhanging rocks and earth to be removed. The works will take a month to complete, after which the staircase will remain closed, potentially until the end of October, to allow the newly exposed cliff to weather and harden and be assessed by a geotechnical engineer. The carpark and lookout at Gibson Steps is expected to remain open to the public during the works.
These major national park safety and improvement works follow the re-opening of the realigned Razorback Bay walk at nearby Loch Ard Gorge.
Parks Victoria and contracted professionals will undertake the works in-line with physical distancing and hygiene requirements.
Quotes attributable to Michael Smith, Area Chief Ranger–Parks Victoria:
“The iconic features of the Port Campbell National Park are increasingly popular destinations on a fragile and constantly changing landscape.”
“The movement of cliffs and terrain here means that on occasions visitor sites will be temporarily closed for works to ensure the safety of the public and protection of the environment.”
“The pipeline and cliff works are set to be completed by late spring, ready for the beginning of the peak summer visitor period.”