Erosion Control Works Continue At Rhyll Foreshore


Shoreline reinstatement works at Rhyll have continued, with the use of logs, sand and revegetation to rebuild the embankment.

Bass Coast Shire Council completed stage one of the works last year and began stage two last week.

Council’s Planning and Environment Director, Hannah Duncan-Jones, said around 100 metres of the embankment has been subject to wave erosion.

“This embankment featured a lot less soil binding vegetation than the neighbouring area, making it more vulnerable to wave erosion, hence why we are trying to revegetate the area,” Ms Duncan-Jones said.

“The eroded embankment is being reinstated with the sandy material, and then planted with low growing indigenous plants, such as succullents, grasses and rushes.”

Ms Duncan-Jones said the plant material being used would encourage establishment of soil binding vegetation and help to prevent erosion in the future.

“The coir logs, which are made of organic coconut fibre, will provide protection from the waves while the vegetation establishes and takes over the longer-term stabilisation,” Ms Duncan-Jones said.

“While every effort has been made to reinstate the embankment with sand directly off the beach, some sand has been transported from an area about 300 metres north.

“Council regularly removes sand from this site as it deposits above the height of the seawall and can potentially blow across Beach Road and into neighbouring private property.”

In coming months, Council will be looking to enhance this project by creating better public access across the site.

This will most likely include installation of a set of timber stairs leading to the beach.

McHaffie Ward Councillor Kimberley Brown said Council was continuing to work with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) on longer-term solutions for the area.

“We want to protect the foreshore as much as possible, and are therefore looking to do some detailed research into the Rhyll township on future storm surge and flooding implications, rather than just looking at a particular site at Rhyll,” Cr Brown said.

“Any research on this area would involve extensive data collection and modelling, and any information collected would inform future foreshore protection works.

“Council will keep the community well informed on any future plans or projects for the area.”

For any enquiries, contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).