The Foundation has secured a $10K Community Environment Grant 2018-19, from the Adelaide & Mt Lofty Natural Resources Board, for a trial of Seawall Tiles in the Inner Harbour.
The 3D-printed tiles are designed to ecological processes and they will be retrofitted to the existing seawall, near the Archie Badenoch, to help improve marine biodiversity and water quality.
They have been developed by the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS) and Reef Design Lab and
deployed in Sydney Harbour, including at Milson’s Point and at Sawmillers Reserve, McMahons Point.
While seawalls are the dominant feature of many urbanised coasts, they typically support lower biodiversity relative to the natural habitats they replace. The biodiversity of existing seawalls can be enhanced by increasing their intertidal surface area and the diversity of microhabitats that they support.