Council To Replace Cowes Foreshore Groynes

Bass Coast Shire Council will undertake works on the replacement of groynes at the Cowes East foreshore in coming months.

Council’s Acting General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Jodi Kennedy, said the construction of new timber structures will assist the rebuilding of the beach lost due to recent wave erosion.

“The foreshore between Erehwon Point Cowes and Saunders Road at Silverleaves features a series of over twenty groynes, first constructed in the 1940s,” Ms Kennedy said.

“The deterioration of many of these groynes has resulted in the loss of their purpose in trapping sand."

Ms Kennedy said in recent times, a number of these groynes had been removed by DELWP or Council due to the public safety risk posed by sharp timber and metal.

“One area that has been subject to extensive erosion is near the north end of Dunsmore Road,” Ms Kennedy said.

“This is the area where the new groynes will be constructed.”

Ms Kennedy said Council understands the importance of groynes in maintaining a beach at Cowes and has been working to ensure that new groynes can be constructed.

“These works will greatly increase the recreational value of this popular beach,” Ms Kennedy said.

“In 2011, Council undertook an investigation supported by funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) into erosion along this section of coastline, which involved input from the local community who were asked to provide historical accounts of the changing landscape of the Cowes East foreshore due to erosion.

“Many members of the community supplied historical photographs which assisted the study, which has provided direction for current erosion management efforts.”

Funding for these works has been provided as part of the State Government's 2014/15 Coastal Environments Program.

Construction plans are currently being finalised and works are planned to be completed by the end of May 2015.

For further information about this project, contact Council’s Coordinator Coast and Bushland Management, Derek Hibbert, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.