Realignment Of The Esplanade Surf Beach
Works will soon commence to realign a short section of The Esplanade, Surf Beach east of Glen Street.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Infrastructure Director, Felicity Sist, said due to the presence of a very large sand dune, the road currently runs outside the road reserve into abutting private property.
“The sand dune is home to a substantial population of migratory short tailed shearwaters; however no vegetation removal works will be undertaken during the breeding and occupation season of the short tailed shearwaters between 15 September and 30 May,” Ms Sist said.
“The works have been scheduled for June when the last of the juveniles have departed. The works will be complete before the first birds return in September.”
A retaining wall will be built to protect the cultural heritage and stability of the sand dune vegetation and short tailed shearwater habitat along the road reserve.
“Council’s Infrastructure Projects and Infrastructure and Property Management Departments have been working closely on this complex issue,” Ms Sist said.
“Phillip Island Nature Parks has also been very helpful with expert advice and support.”
A Vegetation Assessment and a Cultural Heritage Study has been obtained by Council and there has been an extensive consultation process to consider the views of potentially affected property owners in the development of a final plan for the works.
The key features of the works are:
- It provides for the road being removed from private property
- It minimises vegetation loss, and any works will be be carried out when the Shearwaters are away
- All works are well clear of identified Cultural Heritage sites within the sand dune formation and surrounds
- There is no change to the eastern or Dunvegan end of the road – the reconfiguration is limited to the Glen St end of the road.
- The existing pedestrian path between the two sections will be retained
- Vegetation removed will be replanted in a reserve on Phillip Island to create habitat for the Shearwaters under Councils Native Vegetation Offset Scheme