In the interest of public safety, Council has been forced to close the very popular viewing platform at Woakwine Cutting. A recent inspection of the platform highlighted a number of structural concerns, which resulted in its temporary closure.
Subsequently Council engaged the services of structural engineering firm Tonkin Consulting, who have provided a detailed assessment of the platform. The assessment confirmed that the structure is unsafe and warrants immediate removal.
“This is a very unfortunate situation with the platform a very popular stop with tourists travelling to the Beachport area” Council’s Director Engineering Services, Peter Halton said. “The structure was built decades ago and allowed the public a bird’s eye view of the Cutting. It was a bit of a thrill due to its height,”
“The detailed report confirmed that corrosion of some of the main support structure is to a point at which the platform it is unsafe and thus Council is planning for its immediate removal.”
“The project for the replacement will be costed and referred to the 2016/17 financial year budget for consideration, with Council also looking at potential funding opportunities.” Mr Halton added.
Source: – Statement from Wattle Range Council