Lower Impact Upgrades for Prawn Rock Channel Precinct

Published on Friday, 1 September 2023 at 8:44:06 AM

In another stride towards sustainable construction practices, the Shire of Denmark is proud to announce the use of low CO2 concrete in the Prawn Rock Channel precinct.

Following a presentation to the Sustainable Projects Committee highlighting the advantages of low CO2 concrete, the Prawn Rock Channel project is the first project in the Shire that has implemented its use with 6.5m3 of the eco-friendly material poured.

By substituting a significant portion of cement with recycled materials like slag and fly ash this process effectively reduces carbon emissions while repurposing waste that might otherwise contribute to landfill.

Shire President Ceinwen Gearon said that despite the challenges posed by winter delays, works are still in progress at the Prawn Rock Channel precinct.

“An exciting milestone has been achieved with the completion of the Ocean Beach lookout, which is now open for public use,” Cr Gearon said.

Additionally, the replacement of the boardwalk at Prawn Rock Channel has commenced, enabled by lowered water levels at the inlet. The new structure comes as a welcome renewal, given the deterioration of the previous boardwalk due to rot in its subfloor timbers.

Work on the beach access steps at Ocean Beach lookout is also scheduled to begin shortly.

“It is imperative that the public continue to adhere to the ‘keep out’ signs as the cliff is exposed and there is a serious risk of falling,” said Cr Gearon.

Both the boardwalk and beach access steps are anticipated to be finalized before the September school holidays.

While toilet construction at the carpark is set to commence within the next week pending material deliveries, delays caused by site inundation mean the toilets and carpark won't be finished by the September holidays.

However, this setback served as a test for elevations in the area where the toilet slab and tanks maintained an elevation well above the WaterCorp benchmark, demonstrating the project's resilience to future high-water events.

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