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The transformation of Berri’s Riverfront precinct continues with works to commence on the $1.3M Riverfront Wharf project to increase mooring facilities and extend the walkway along the river’s edge.
Partial funding through a grant of $599,856 from the South Australian Boating Facilities Fund has allowed the project to proceed.
Riverland firm Scherer Contractors has been engaged, and work crew activity will shortly be underway with the delivery of made-to-order steel sheet piles.
The current state of the riverbank, with the gabion basket erosion protection displaying signs of decay, and the lack of mooring facilities prompted council to investigate options for this section of Berri’s riverfront. The project will see the mooring facilities expanded, allowing for increased river vessel use, with an accompanying path to enable easier access for residents and visitors alike. The 260-metre wharf will extend from the old swimming steps (western end) to just beyond the steps adjacent the Berri Hotel (eastern end).
Berri Riverfront Wharf visualisation
Berri Barmera Council’s Manager Infrastructure Services Greg Perry said: “The installation of made-to-order steel sheet piles along this section will provide lasting protection and support a 2m wide pedestrian pathway that includes a low rear wall which can also be used for seating and enjoying the river views”.
“A barge will be used for construction of the sheet pile wall and walkway structure, reducing the site footprint and for ease of access during construction.”
“The Wharf will create safe, secure points along the length of the facility for water craft to anchor including large vessels such as paddle steamers, by providing more than double the current mooring capacity within the township” Mr Perry said.
The Wharf project will complement the recently completed Stage 1 Berri Riverfront Precinct and will give a new feel to Berri’s Riverfront said Mayor Peter Hunt.
“This project is also designed to contribute to the precinct’s vibrancy, enabling more watercraft to visit, moor on our beautiful doorstep and patronise the nearby food and beverage based businesses.” Mayor Hunt said.
“This council is committed to creating an accessible public space along Berri’s Riverfront that the community can be proud to showcase to visiting friends and relatives.”
Construction works will occur over the next 5-6 months and will be completed and open to the public in the second quarter of 2019.
Regular updates on how the project is progressing can be found via Council's Berri Riverfront Project page or Facebook page.