Safety barrier at Longridge Barracks Arches

The Australian Government is commencing a capital works project to improve public safety at Longridge Barracks Arches.

The project will also preserve this important heritage structure for the community.

The Longridge Barracks Arches ruins has a lean of up to 200mm to the south and is unrestrained at the rear. Independent safety reports have found that this presents an unacceptable risk of structure collapse in the event of an earthquake.

The Department has engaged specialists to design a structural solution and there will be community engagement once it has been developed. In the short term, safety reports have recommended barriers be installed to temporarily restrict access as a public safety measure.

Timber barriers similar to those installed at Kingston have been approved by the Council for installation along the grass road verge. The barrier installation works are scheduled to commence in the coming week.

Further information about the project can be obtained from Martin Purslow on 23115.

Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island
October 2019