The City of Marion Council has promised to take steps to restore the Hallett Cove Boardwalk, which the local community has been rallying to save (Image source: Rebecca Copeland)

By Rebecca Copeland | @beccopeland 

The Hallett Cove community has been calling on local governments to restore the popular local Hallett Cove to Marino boardwalk after it was announced that some sections may be more costly to repair than expected.

On November 18, approximately two hundred people attended a community meeting, organised by Federal Member for Kingston Amanda Rishworth.

An online petition calling for funding for the boardwalk has since collected over 7,000 signatures.

It was revealed that a bill of $4.8 million would be required to repair and re-open two large gully sections of the boardwalk, and complete the connecting walkway between Heron Way Reserve and Field River.

On November 26, Ms Rishworth presented a report to all City of Marion councillors, the mayor, Premier Steven Marshall and relevant state government ministers, expressing the community’s concerns.

Council has agreed to fund 50 per cent of the funding required ($2.44 million) and is seeking financial support from state and federal governments to foot the rest of the bill.

The repairs should extend the life of the boardwalk for an extra 10 years.

The 8km walkway, excluding the Kurnabinna and Grey Road gullies, are expected to reopen by February 2020.

Diversions are still in place between Murto Parade, Marino, and Peera Street, and Hallett Cove.

A long-term renewal plan to completely rebuild the structure is being developed by the Marion Council, costing approximately $14.5 million over 15 years.

By November 2020, Council is expecting to receive a Coastal Walkway Asset Management Plan that will look into the impact of stormwater and erosion on the boardwalk.