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The collapsed pit in Mt. Waverley

July 1, 2015

The collapsed pit in Mt. Waverley- what happened next?

As you may have seen on the news on Wednesday July 15th, a wall caved in at a construction site in Mount Waverley. This led to some shocking images of a townhouse teetering on the edge of the pit and the evacuation of a dozen neighbouring residents. The site, located on the corner of Huntingdale and Highbury roads, was excavated 15 metres deep for the construction of a $5.5 million medical and childcare centre.

According to Victoria Police, the collapsed face of the excavation is said to be stable now. On Monday August 3rd, work began on backfilling the pit in order to stabilise it. Victoria Police have said it could take up five weeks to refill the pit as the excavation is about 10,000 cubic metres in size and requires 1000 truckloads of dirt to fill up.

The landslip was the second one on the site within two days, allegedly due to heavy rain. The Victoria Building Authority believes otherwise and is currently investigating any non-compliance in the building permit and/or conduct of building practitioners involved.

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