Department of Water logs hours of restoration work at Pelicans Store
Released 15 Jan 2008
The Department of Water joined forces with the Shire of Murray last month to spend almost $10,000 restoring the Pelican's log retaining wall at South Yunderup.
Pelican's Liquor and General Store, located on the Murray River in South Yunderup has been part of the riverscape for many years and is a favoured destination for locals and tourists when cruising the waterways and canals in the region.
But as the Department of Water's Acting Peel Waterways Co-ordinator John Pszczola noted, such activities had taken their toll on the 20-year-old retaining wall along the riverbank.
"The retaining wall was installed about 20 years ago by the then Peel Inlet Management Authority to stop erosion," Mr Pszczola said.
"But boats, houseboats and other vessels which used the wall as a temporary mooring while people went to the shop or used toilet facilities ashore put pressure on the wall and it fell into disrepair."
Mr Pszczola said the department became aware of the problem in November last year and soon after established a partnership with the Shire of Murray to restore the retaining wall in time for the busy holiday season.
"A contractor was engaged to do the work and 11 pylons were installed to help support the eroding wall and bank," he said.
"The Department of Water contributed half the cost – $4,840 – of construction works and showed what can be achieved for the benefit of the community as well as protecting the sensitive foreshore environment," Mr Pszczola said.
Photographs of the restoration work can be obtained by contacting John Pszczola on
9550 4206 or 0417 244 013
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441