Cape Paterson,

New foreshore ramp ready for summer


Bass Coast Shire Council has completed works to construct a timber beach access ramp at First Surf Beach, Cape Paterson with plenty of time to spare before for the summer lifesaving patrol period begins.

The 60 metre ramp, constructed by DAS Constructions, will improve the service provided by the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club and also connects to a new 190 metre track that was constructed earlier this year.

“The ramp and track combined allow easier access to the beach for life saving vehicles and equipment, including the club’s inflatable rescue boat,” Hovell Ward Councillor, Neil Rankine, said.

“Previously the best option available to the Club was to launch at the Cape Paterson Boat Ramp and then drive the rescue boat approximately 1.2 kilometres to the patrol site at First Surf Beach.

“This trip sometimes also involved negotiating rough surf. The new access will thereby reduce lifesaving response times during emergency situations.”

To provide access to the beach, the ramp needed to be constructed at a location that experiences occasional wave action during storm surge events.

It has been designed by a qualified coastal engineer upon consideration of the site conditions and coastal processes to withstand coastal erosion.

These conditions and processes have influenced some design characteristics, such as the posts in concrete pads embedded 1000mm minimum into underlying rock.

The project also required the removal of some coastal vegetation; however this removal will be offset and Council will work with the Life Saving Club to plant protective species.

Other works will include stabilisation of nearby eroding sand dunes, planting over 500 indigenous plants and environmental weed control.

The $130,000 project was funded with $60,000 from the State Government as part of its 2013/14 Coastal Environments Program and a $70,000 contribution from Council.

For further information please contact Council’s Coast and Bushland Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.