Cowes,
18
December
2015
|
02:08
Australia/Melbourne

Works to make Cowes foreshore safe

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Bass Coast Shire Council is undertaking safety works along the Cowes foreshore before the peak holiday season.

Works will begin this week at the Cowes Main Beach in order to manage a risk to public safety posed by a steep drop in an embankment.

The hazard is the result of ongoing unrestricted foot traffic in the area, but has been also impaired by occasional storm surge events.

Works to be undertaken include:

  • Installation of a post, rail and mesh fence at the top of the embankment

  • Revegetation of the embankment using indigenous plant species

  • Construction of a new set of timber stairs to improve public access

“Council officers understand community value of the grassed embankment at this part of the Cowes Foreshore and it is intended to manage the area so that this embankment is retained,” Council’s General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Allison Jones, said.

“Council officers will work with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning during 2016 to develop a program to restore and protect the remainder of the embankment along the Cowes Main Beach frontage.”