Murray Esplanade retaining wall

17 May 2017 - Media release

The failing Murray Esplanade retaining wall, fronting the Murray River, north of the Echuca Wharf to Riverboat Dock, will be reconstructed.

Campaspe Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston, said the retaining wall has been destabilised after floods and storms of mid-2016 (AGRN 728). At last night's meeting, council endorsed the recommended option for the works via the riverside.

"After careful consideration, council chose the riverside recovery option (estimated at $1.5 million), as it posed the least impact on Murray Esplanade stakeholders and would allow retention of the former Oscar W’s building.

“The alternative, the landward side recovery option (estimated at $1.1 million) would have resulted in significant additional costs beyond that of the remediation works; in particular, those associated with the demolition and rebuilding of the existing building.

“The retaining wall works will impact the timing of the revitalisation of the building on the former Oscar W’s site, however planning for that project is continuing.

“Furthermore, the use of Murray Esplanade as a works site would have meant an increase in heavy traffic and a negative impact on the Port of Echuca tourism precinct for a period of time."

The Riverside Recovery option involves the installation of a “Manta Ray” anchor via a floating river barge which may impact on the operations of the riverboats accessing the wharf and surrounding port area.

“While the Riverside Recovery option is the most favourable in terms of the overall benefits, it is possible that riverboats may need to be temporarily relocated to another location while the work takes place,” Cr Weston said.

“We appreciate this may cause inconvenience; however, restoring the retaining wall to a safe standard must be our first priority to avoid risk of injury to the general public.”

Council officers are currently working with the federal government to finalise the funding required for this project through the National Disaster Financial Assistance Fund (NDFA).