Combating erosion along Inverloch Foreshore


Bass Coast Shire Council is starting works to protect a section of the Inverloch Foreshore from further erosion.

The works will be conducted at a site opposite Grandview Grove, approximately 100 metres east of the Inverloch boat ramp. Works will include construction of an 80 metre rock seawall, installation of drainage infrastructure, removal of redundant concrete pipes and a clean-up of rubble and deadwood from the beach.

Council’s General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Allison Jones,, said the works were required in response to wave erosion experienced at the site over several years, resulting in the loss of public land.

“If left as is, even more public land is under threat of being lost to the sea. This includes the overflow parking for the boat ramp, a grassed open space and a road way,” Ms Jones said.

“The crushed rock road that services the overflow car park has already had to be moved inland previously.”

Erosion has also impacted on the function of the stormwater drain and outlet at the site, with a series of concrete pipes damaged, leaving them redundant on the beach. The works will include removal of these pipes and construction of a new stormwater drainage outfall into the rock wall.

Council will also clean up rubble, debris and deadwood from the beach.

Ms Jones said some of this rubble was placed on site by former land managers in an attempt to protect against previous erosion events, however this has become unsightly.

“Much of the deadwood is the result of Coastal Tea-tree being lost to erosion and the local community has expressed concern over the untidy and dangerous state of the site,” Ms Sist said.

“This is an opportunity to clean up a high profile area of the Anderson Inlet foreshore.”

In order to undertake works, part of the foreshore will need to be closed to the public. This includes the grassed area that is used for overflow car parking for boat ramp users during peak seasons. The works have been planned for the quieter winter period, at a time when this overflow boat ramp car parking is not required.

The $101,200 project has been jointly funded by a Council contribution of $90,000, and a State Government 2014/15 Coastal Environments Program grant of $11,200.

The works will begin in late May with the delivery of large rocks to the site. Construction works will start from early June and are anticipated to be finished by end of July, weather and tides permitting.

For further information about the works, please contact Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.