SMEC was engaged to provide concept through to detailed design services for the upgrade to the existing rock revetment between Scheu Park and Worth Park, located at Flying Fish Point, far north Queensland. SMEC’s role included design services, approvals support, environmental science, development application, procurement assistance and construction management.
Project OverviewThe Flying Fish Point Seawall Upgrade project for Cassowary Coast Regional Council, located south of Cairns, included 650m of rock revetment upgrade. The team covered concept through to detailed design, inclusive of regulatory approvals support, procurement services, construction supervision, environmental support and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) certification.
The rock revetment design includes green engineering ‘fish-friendly’ features, adding structural complexity, which encourages ecological development. The project team collaborated with James Cook University to consider the long-term effects of all design options on the local fish population. The ‘fish-friendly’ design features included shaping rock armour to particular pattern placement and incorporating concrete precast Reef Balls within the revetment toe.
Digital and Innovation
The team was successful in securing approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) for the inclusion of the Reef Balls within the structure. To our knowledge, this is a ‘first of its kind’ approval by GBRMPA for such structures within the Marine Park. SMEC has collaborated effectively to ensure key client aspirations have been achieved and more importantly, demonstrated our ability to think ‘outside the box’ and provide innovative design solutions which push ‘status quo’ boundaries.
SMEC has been able to generate a degree of value which the client considered difficult to achieve. It is expected that this project will become a precedent for future coastal development work, particularly within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and a focal point for ongoing monitoring and research by James Cook University.
- Technical Area:
- Coastal Management
- Cassowary Coast Regional Council