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Canning Bridge Riverwall Renewal

Renewal of the Canning Bridge Riverwall

Project Information

A major feature of the City’s foreshore in Applecross is the riverwall near the Raffles Hotel. The foreshore in this area includes a vertical stone wall and rock revetment which provides protection to a shared path, landscaping and the Raffles Hotel. The wall also provides protection to the western abutment of the Canning Bridge.

In 2014, the City engaged an engineer to undertake an audit of the riverwall as there were issues with sinkholes and pathway subsidence. It was recommended that further geotechnical investigations were conducted to better understand what was causing the problems.

The geotechnical investigation was completed in 2016 and it found that the key issues with the riverwall are;

  • erosion of soil through gaps in the mortared joints in the wall;
  • possible failure of geotextile behind the wall and;
  • some localised sinkholes and subsidence of material directly behind the wall.

The project will cost approximately $600,000 and has been set aside in the 2019/20 financial year budget.


Works Commence3 December 2019
Shared Path Closure4 December 2019 - 24 December 2019. The path will be reopened over the Christmas break and closed again if required, early January 2020
CompletionLate February 2020

Contact Details

Project ContactIan Davis 9364 0691



Canning Bridge Foreshore, Applecross 6153 Get Directions

In order to progress with the repairs or replacement of the riverwall, the City engaged a specialist coastal engineer to undertake the design and documentation of the riverwall renewal.

As part of the project, the City will also;

  • renew the landscaping and;
  • improve the river revetment to the east side of the bridge

Access along the shared use path in front of the Raffles will be closed for the duration of the works, however, access under the bridge will be closed only for approximately 4 weeks while works including revetment and resurfacing are completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the works take?

Approximately 12 weeks.

Will the four palm trees be removed?

No, the trees will be retained.

How will I get under the bridge when the path is closed?

The City will provide an aerial map online and on site with some alternative routes to be taken while the path is closed.

Can I still cycle and/or walk along the river in front of the Raffles?

The shared path along the river in front of the Raffles will be closed for the duration of the project. Detours will be in place, please refer to the Cyclist and Pedestrian Detours diagram.

It is intended that the shared path will be open for the duration of the works, however the section under the bridge will be closed for a time while works are completed. Alternative routes will be suggested.

Will there be dust and noise issues?

As with all excavation/construction activities there will be some noise and dust however the contractor will be required to keep it to a minimum and to within weekday working hours.

What time will the works be in progress?

Usual working hours will be from 7.00am till 6.00pm at the latest

Will the works affect the Raffles Hotel opening hours?

Works will not affect the opening hours of the Raffles Hotel.

Can I still use the floating jetty?

Yes, however access to the shore will not be available.

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