Revised Landslide Restrictions

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Number: A28/2017

Date: 9 June 2017

Relevant: Christmas Island

Topic: Revised Landslide Restrictions

Yesterday, IOTA staff conducted a rockfall fence inspection to verify that the high levels of groundwater had subsided, and that no further landslides were visible on the range. After consulting the Commonwealth’s geotechnical advisor, the likelihood of a further landslide has reduced, and assessed as normal. However, due to the damaged fence in the Cove, the consequences of a rockfall or landslide risk in this specific area remains high.

To recognise these developments, the following updated restrictions apply:

  • The voluntary evacuation order has ceased;
  • The Madrassa, playing fields and basketball court have been reopened.
  • There is no access to Smith Point, Tai Jin House, or any area past the Western side of the boat ramp to members of the general public due to the damage sustained to the rockfall fence at the former Boat Club site. This area will be marked with temporary fencing;
  • Access to Smith Point is restricted to critical operational users of the infrastructure in this area who have provided Safe Work Method Statements to the Emergency Management Officer; and
  • Access to the AFP boat shed / marine building has been restored.

These restrictions override those issued in Community Bulletin A27/2017.

The geotechnical advisor will complete a specialist site inspection and report on arrival Saturday 10 June 2017. Following this inspection, work will commence to reinstate the damaged fence panel.

The decisions of the Emergency Management Committee are based on expert advice, the assessment of risk and an appreciation of the economic and social impact of closures. Decisions to restrict access are not taken lightly, and are purely in the interest of public safety. The ongoing cooperation of the community and acknowledgement of these significant risks is greatly appreciated.

Barry Haase
Indian Ocean Territories