Review of Land Stability at Sturgess Point Port Campbell
Sturgess Point (also known as Beacon Point) is a headland at the entrance to Port Campbell. There has long been speculation about the presence and extent of sea caves, sinkholes and associated cavities within the headland area. DEPI commissioned the attached report in October 2010 to:
- Review a 2008 geotechnical assessment of the Sturgess Point area.
- Identify levels of risk associated with land forms in the area.
- Assess the potential for development to impact on the public land in the area.
The report's key findings were that:
- The risks identified in the 2008 report are confirmed and are still generally acceptable except for the risk posed by a possible collapse of a large sea cave under a walking path on public land on the headland.
- Of the four large sea caves identified in the 1990s, two were found to be similar in extent and two were found to be significantly smaller than found in the 1990s.
- No evidence of sinkholes was found in the area.
The report also provides recommendations addressing the impact of any significant development in the area on natural processes as well as geotechnical and hydrological investigations advisable before any development should proceed.
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