The City has
partnered with a world-leading artificial reef designer to create an
eco-friendly marine attraction at Clifton Springs.
Wave Attenuator will be made up of a series of dynamic modular reef units,
which will create an undulating landscape and host a range of habitats for
re-creation of habitat will assist in restoring marine reef communities in Port
array of modular reef units will also work to reduce wave energy and curb
erosion along The Dell’s local coastline.
Mayor Stephanie Asher said Melbourne-based industrial designer and manufacturer
Alex Goad, from Reef Design Lab, had been engaged to design and fabricate the
“We are excited
to be working with a designer of the calibre of Alex, whose ground-breaking
work has attracted international acclaim for its environmental and artistic
outcomes,” Mayor Asher said.
Wave Attenuator will enhance the area’s sensitive environment and provide an
educational and eco-tourism drawcard that will appeal to a wide range of visitors.”
aims to install an initial six reef units off The Dell beach this autumn.
The reef units
will be colonised by a range of native species, such as mussels, seaweed and
reef would be safely enjoyed at both high and low tides, offering shallow swimming
or walk-through opportunities for residents, students and tourists.
stage of the project is being delivered with a budget of $30,000, If successful,
it will be followed by subsequent stages with a total budget of about $200,000.
The project follows
a shift in focus from the original Sunken Gallery concept to a clever and
creative initiative that provides environmental and educational benefits.
state-of-the-art project further enhances the City’s reef restoration efforts,
following the historical loss of a large amount of shellfish reefs from Port
Phillip Bay,” Mayor Asher said.
highlight how artistic sculpture and technology can combine with ecology to
improve biodiversity and protect our coastlines and marine communities.”
also addresses public interest in delivering a sensitive development that
protects and enhances The Dell’s natural assets.
installation will complement The Dell Historic Mineral Springs Boardwalk, which
will provide safe pedestrian access around to the next beach in most conditions.
Funded by the
Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative and managed by the City, the
boardwalk will be completed and opened in coming months.
Wave Attenuator also builds on the City’s award-winning shellfish reef project at Portarlington.
Since it was
installed in 2018, the 130-metre long reef has been colonised by marine
communities, including shellfish, and is effectively reducing wave energy and
preventing further erosion of the heavily impacted Rambler’s Road foreshore.