Sydney’s historic Fort Denison sinking as a result of climate change

November 14th, 2007 - 2:17 am ICT by admin  

The fort was built 150 years ago to defend the Sydney Harbour from the French and the Russians.

Now, changing climate is wreaking havoc on the sandstone walls and threatening the former penal site’s survival.

Increased Harbour traffic, coupled with the rising sea levels, has destroyed the slipway, and the sandstone fort has taken the brunt of the Harbour’s waves - the porous sandstone drinking in the salt right down to the fort’s foundations.

But, plans are afoot to save the edifice from further damage.

Environment Minister Phil Koperberg said he has announced a 1.5 million dollars rescue package.

“We don’t want this icon to become the first victim of climate change. In the past 100 years we have seen sea levels rise by some 10cm and the dire predictions are that during the 100 years it is not going to be another 10cm, but 100cm or a whole metre,” quoted Koperberg as saying.

He said specialist stonemasons would be deployed to restore Fort Denison. (ANI)

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