Published: 17 Oct 2021
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Locals and tourists alike are already enjoying the latest centrepiece of the Geelong Waterfront with Wangim Walk proving to be an exciting drawcard to the picturesque part of Geelong.
Officially opened in February, Wangim Walk is part of the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct Development, supported by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, and City of Greater Geelong through the Geelong City Deal and the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund in partnership with the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
The main function and purpose of the wave attenuator or ‘floating breakwater’ is to ‘break’ the coastal waves so that their force is reduced to an acceptable level prior to reaching the marina.
Marinas must be in sheltered areas or be well-protected, so this new addition is great news for local boating enthusiasts and the community.
Wangim Walk has also become a popular tourist destination with the 440-metre boomerang-shaped structure increasing public open space at the waterfront for walkers and recreational fisherman to head out across the water.
Named after the Wadawurrung word for boomerang because of its unique shape, it provides an opportunity for visitors to walk out over the water then come back.
Sitting between Cunningham Pier and the Eastern Beach sea baths, the walkway includes 23 concrete pontoons with 58 piles and 370 lights.
It provides the ideal spot to enjoy the views of Corio Bay and the Geelong waterfront and the perfect spot for angling and other recreational activities.
The attenuator formed part of the $19.35 million first stage of the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct Development, with a new Maritime Education Centre Complex and Victorian Sailing School to complete the upgrades.
The project is part of the $382.48 million Geelong City Deal - a collaborative commitment between the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments and local councils to support Geelong’s continued jobs and tourism growth.
The Victorian Government has committed $172 million to the Geelong City Deal which will unlock the tourism and economic potential of Geelong and the Great Ocean Road region.
As Victoria’s second-largest city and Australia’s second fastest growing city, significant investment and a whole-of-government approach is required to support Geelong to grow and create new opportunities for more people to live, work and invest in the Great South Coast region.
The Geelong City Deal will facilitate new private investment, creating businesses and jobs that will allow the region to benefit from its natural assets, and encourage visitors to spend more time in the region.
Through the City Deal, Geelong will be looked to as a benchmark for success by transitioning economies around the country.