Failures or nirvana? Building and upgrading coastal infrastructure

Mr Peter Halton1

1Wattle Range Council, Millicent, Australia

Coastal councils in regional South Australia are under increasing pressures from the community to invest in the upgrade and development of new coastal infrastructure.  Examples include high quality multi use pathways for walking and cycling, beach access by boardwalks or stairs, protection works from erosion or flooding, right through to upgrades to jetties and boat ramps.

Director of Engineering Services at Wattle Range Council, Peter Halton, will provide an overview of his learnings in the building and maintenance of coastal infrastructure in regional South Australia.  Topics will include engaging the local community, design, construction, approvals, interaction with State Government agencies and maintenance of assets.

Giving real life examples, this presentation will appeal to staff and elected members from local government, as well as anyone interested in managing coastal infrastructure and connecting with coastal communities.


Peter is a civil engineer with over 21 years in Local Government as well as proven experience in construction and project management for private industry.   As Director of Engineering Services for Wattle Range Council, Peter has overseen the construction and maintenance of coastal infrastructure including groynes, seawalls and the Beachport Boat Ramp.  He has also taken a lead role in engaging with local communities on coastal issues such as erosion and sea level rise.  Peter is the regional council’s representative on the Coastal Protection Board’s advisory committee.

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