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Image (supplied) - Damager to the Warrnambool Breakwater

Damage Causes Closures

Damage Causes Closures

Image (supplied) - Damager to the Warrnambool Breakwater

Griffiths Island & Warrnambool Breakwater Closed Due To Damage

The Warrnambool Breakwater and boat ramp have been temporarily closed to the public after the historic structure was damaged during rough weather over the weekend.

All staircases to the top walkway are closed off, with some sections of the stainless steel kick rail hanging loose.

“Once the weather is more favourable, Council staff will make a more detailed assessment of the damage before we develop a program of repairs,” Council’s Director City Infrastructure David Leahy said.

“We’re hopeful that by the end of the week we’ll have a clearer picture of the work that is required, the unfortunate reality is that the Breakwater could be closed for a number of weeks"

“And while boats cannot be launched for now, the works team is clearing debris and tidying up the facility to enable it to re-open this week"

“It’s important that the public stays clear of the Breakwater, Council will have discussions with the Department of Transport about the condition of the Breakwater and what needs to be done".

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Meanwhile in Port Fairy, Following the closure of Griffiths Island yesterday, residents and visitors are advised the Island will remain closed for the rest of this week due to storm damage.

With the wild weather over the weekend making access to and from the island very difficult, the decision was made yesterday morning to close the Island.

Emergency Services and Council officers had to assist a number of people to safely leave the Island on Sunday.

Given the closure this week, Council’s Acting CEO Brett Davis said planned works on the Griffiths Island Causeway would be brought forward.

“Council’s project to upgrade the southern causeway was due to commence on Monday 19 April, however with the Island now closed due to storm debris, the works will now start later this week,” Mr Davis said.

“Griffiths Island will remain closed until at least the end of this week, and once reopen, will only be accessible via the northern causeway.

The upgrades to the southern causeway include replacement of deteriorated infrastructure and construction of a new concrete path, and are expected to be completed by the end of May, weather permitting.”

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