HSW Cliff remediation Map

Howard Smith Wharves cliff remediation


We will be undertaking works to remediate the Howard Smith Wharves cliffs from late January 2024.

Since we created your Howard Smith Wharves lifestyle precinct, I have organised for our teams to proactively manage the cliff face through regular monitoring and maintenance. 

We delivered the Howard Smith Wharves lifestyle precinct for you; keeping our parks ship shape and fit for purpose is what we do – See you around the Ward this Summer.


Why is this work happening?

Like any cliff face, these cliffs are continuously affected by human and natural elements, including weather and vegetation growth, and require remedial works to manage the risk of rockfall.

We have been proactively managing the Howard Smith Wharves cliff face through  regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure the stability of the cliff face and safety of the community.

This work will improve community safety by managing the risk of rockfall as the cliff continues to evolve naturally.

What does this work include?

Our remedial works will involve a range of specialised construction techniques to:

• remove vegetation and loose rocks from the cliff face
• secure the rock face with rock pins and coloured steel mesh
• install a protective spray-on concrete (shotcrete) layer on section of the cliff face.

The shotcrete will be sculpted and colour  matched to blend in with the surrounding rock as much as possible.

Works across the cliffs will be completed in eight portions to help coordinate access requirements and minimise disruption to the you as much as possible.

This will include work at both the bottom and  the top of the cliffs as we work between Felons Brewing Co and Bougainvillea House.

What does this mean for me?

Throughout the project, you may experience:

• increased noise, truck movements,  vibration and dust
• temporary changes to pedestrian and cyclist access, managed with traffic control
• temporary traffic lane closures for construction access and deliveries, as required 
• restricted access to certain buildings and facilities during the works.


Project details

Where will the works be?

Our works will take place along the Howard Smith Wharves cliff face, located between New Farm and the Howard Smith Wharves precinct. 

Laydown area – Bowen Terrace and Wilson Outlook Reserve

A construction laydown area and site compound will be established at the top of the cliffs in Council parkland along Bowen Terrace, opposite Kent Street.

This will be in place for the duration of the works (late January to mid-2024) and will be closed for safety.

Additional laydown areas will be temporarily established at the top of the cliffs while works are underway on nearby portions and will be removed after those works are complete.

This includes a portion of Wilson Outlook Reserve and parkland opposite Harcourt Street. View our project map on our website to see these areas and the expected works duration.

The laydown areas will be fenced and house essential construction equipment, vehicles, site sheds and other key equipment required to complete the works.

These areas are required for accessing the top of the cliffs where experienced workers will move up and down the cliff face to complete works.

Pedestrian and cyclist access changes

There will be a range of access changes for people walking and riding in and around the precinct while works are underway and temporary work zones are established. Access will be maintained throughout the works, however you may experience some minor delays while travelling through certain work zones.


For more details information, and timings pease visit HERE