Inverloch,
03
November
2016
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04:33
Australia/Melbourne

New track to provide Surf Beach access

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Works to reinstate pedestrian and vehicle access from the Goroke Street entrance to the Surf Beach in Inverloch will begin later this month and be completed in time for the busy summer period.

The track has been closed for almost four months due to damage caused by ongoing coastal erosion; a natural occurrence this area of beach has been subject to for several years.

Bass Coast Shire Council has previously undertaken minor maintenance works to fix damage to the track; however, damage caused by significant storm surges and high tides since July this year means the track now requires significant construction work.

Council’s General Manager Infrastructure, Felicity Sist, said the section of beach near the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club is one of the most visited in the Bass Coast area.

“It is also a location that requires vehicle access in order to provide life saving services and to allow access for other marine emergency services, such as search and rescue,” Ms Sist said.

“With the nearest alternative vehicle beach access currently located over three kilometres away, it is critical that this Goroke Street track is reinstated quickly in the interests of community safety.”

Since the track was closed in July, Council has obtained State Government funding, undertaken survey works and design, and gained the necessary approvals required to commence construction prior to the busy holiday season.

The new track has been designed to follow the natural dune and minimise the impact to natural erosion and vegetation loss.

Council has worked in close partnership with the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club, as well as other emergency service providers and key organisations in the development of construction plans.

The works are being partially funded by the State Government’s 2016/17 Coastal Environments Program with $40,000, and $17,000 from Council.

Works will begin on 14 November and take up to two weeks, weather pending.

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