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Sorrento Seawall - Proposed Seawall Reconstruction

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), in collaboration with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, proposed to remove a failing timber seawall situated on the southern side of the Sorrento Pier, and replace it with a new stepped concrete seawall. Cosmos Archaeology was commissioned to undertake Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage desktop assessments of the existing Sorrento seawall and its immediate surrounds. Findings suggested the former seawall, constructed in 1908, was markedly different to the original alignment constructed in 1872. As a result, Cosmos Archaeology prepared an archival recording of the Sorrento Seawall prior to works and also undertook archaeological monitoring during the demolition and excavation. This included the in situ recording of structural remains and any potential artefacts.