New home for Inverloch Surf Beach tower

Bass Coast Shire Council and the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club have completed works to relocate the club’s observation building.

The building was moved on Monday, 19 December and placed on specially designed metal skids at a location approximately 50 metres west and further inland from its former location.

Relocation of the building was necessary due to the damage caused by ongoing erosion of the beach and sand dunes.

Placing the building on skids, as opposed to the previous posts on concrete footings will improve the ease to further relocate the building in the advent of future beach erosion or accretion.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the outcome was the work of a great partnership between all parties involved.

“It is fantastic to see that Council, the Life Saving Club and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) were able to work through some difficult challenges caused by the natural environment,” Cr Rothfield said.

“The relocation of the building ensures that the Life Saving Club can observe the beach and provide a valuable community safety service for the coming holiday season.

“I’d like to thank the Bunurong Ward Councillors, Cr Brown, Cr Tessari and Cr Larke, as well as Council staff for the work they’ve done with the Club and DELWP that has enabled us to arrive at this great outcome.”

Cr Brown said he’s very pleased the Life Saving Club continues to have a tower on the beach.

“We also know have a new access track just in time for the summer peak season.”

Cr Tessari said the relocation of the tower was a great result.

“It’s good to see what can be achieved when everybody is working for the common goal.”

Cr Larke said Council is endeavouring to adopt best practice with regard to listening, but more importantly, engaging with the community around their concerns.

“Wherever possible, we’ll respond positively to resolve issues in concert with the administration,” Cr Larke said.

Works to relocate the building also included cleaning up the former tower site and returning the beach profile to a natural level.

Works were also undertaken to stabilise the nearby sand dunes in order to protect against further erosion.

Funding for the project was provided by Council, the Life Saving Club and DELWP.