Canal and River Revetment Walls

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Do you have a Waterfront Revetment Wall - please ask yourself these questions:

1.How long has it been since the wall have been checked for movement?

2,Have you noticed any changes in cracks- number , length, width

3.Is there areas of subsidence behind the wall?

4.Are your weep holes still functioning and allowing water to flow easily?

5.Is the wall vertical or beginning to lean or slump?

Chances are you the answer to all or most of these is NO or I don't know. Your wall requires regulaur maintenace to ensure it remains funtional for as long as possible.

Have a failed Revetment Wall?

Gold Coast Barges are the Revetment Wall Experts. We have been building, repairing and replacing Revetment Walls for over 10 years.

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There are 4 stages your wall may fall into





Here they are in detail:


Every wall should be inspected biannually . Measurement are to be taken, photos and data stored about the issues presented.

Weepholes should be cleaned out and new filters installed.

This means you know if your wall have moved, kept track of subsidence and cracking and you know the water behind the wall is escaping properly- minimising pressure behind the wall.

East Coast Revetment Walls offer this service and give detailed reports at the end of each visit. Records are stored and checked every 6 months....

Peace of mind for the owner!

If issues are noted an Engineer will be called in to inspect the wall.


Sometimes the toe of the wall may need to be covered. This will mean either Beach Reprofiling - using your sand. OR a Rock top up. Both of these topics are on pages for you to see. Click the link if this is where you think your wall is at.

Give us a call and we will come for a site visit and let you know.


If your wall has subsidence issues or is beginning to lean or sump, the engineer will be called in. He will make recommendations

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Moderate remediation behind the wall may include

-Removing the source of the problem- such as poor drainage and very commonly- tree roots! 

-Slab subsidence may mean removal of slab behind the wall , correcting the issues that cause the susbiide

-Reinstating new gravel and filter cloth behind the wall.

When issues of wall deterioration occur removing the soil from behind the wall and reinstating gravel and geo filters to correct the wall is often the solution recommended to you. This reduces pressure on the wall and corrects problems with drainage. Walls with subsidence issues often require this level of correctional work

With an excavator we pull back the soil, place gravel and geo filters in behind the wall and reinstate  the soil.


In some cases the wall is no longer viable.

This means the owner must begin the process of installing a new wall.

We can guide you seamlessly through this project. From Council and DEHP documentation to engineer visits and reports to installation of a new wall.


Contact an engineer who will design a wall to suit your requirements and using your current canal design.

Put all necessary paperwork and permits into place to satisfy EPA, Council and engineering stipulations.

You chose the type of wall material you would like to use- P{recast Concrete Panels, Blocks, Magnum Stone or Truline

We remove the old wall

Install piles and concrete footings according to engineer plans. The engineer checks in and ensures the work is completed to design.

Pour the concrete- We come in from the water so your house and property has minimal impact and your privacy is not disturbed.





These  are examples of a block walls 












These are using a product called Magnum Stone.








This is a Trueline Revetment Wall. 


Finally the toe is covered and the gravel and geo filter is placed behind the wall. Soil is reinstated at the top.

Gold Coast Barges are experts at repairing and maintaining Waterway Revetment Walls. Whether you need some emergency rock buttressing to stop it failing further or a full reconstruction, we can help.

How can Gold Coast barges help with your Canal Revetment Walls?

  • Provide Development Application and Council Approval through our association with a Certified Consulting Engineer (ACEA) with Waterways Experience.
  • Provide advice (in conjunction with a qualified Consulting Engineer (ACEA)) on the best Revetment Wall repair options.
  • Emergency Rock Buttressing and Rock Armouring to prevent further damage to your Home.
  • Removal of failed and collapsed Revetment Walls and construction of a new one.

Why use Gold Coast barges for your Waterway Revetment Wall construction and repair?

We have the largest Barge and newest equipment on the Gold Coast. As a Contractor for the Gold Coast City Council we do the most work on Waterway Revetment Walls.

We can provide Certified Consulting Engineering advice/design for your waterfront walls. We also work with licensed builders or licensed structural landscapers to build or repair waterfront retaining walls.

So in a nutshell, if we can't provide the service direct, we have partnered with the best we can find to give you a complete solution that will comply with all Council and Government standards.

Again, because we work from the water, we do not need access to the front or sides of your block, avoiding any damage or privacy issues during the building process.

Walls are failing all over South East Queensland due to lack of maintenance, tide, erosion, flood damage and time. Your wall protects your property.... but who is looking after your wall? East Coast Barges and Revetment Walls can provide scheduled maintenance  and help you get the most out of your existing wall.