The Victorian Government is ensuring community input will guide beach renourishment works on the Bellarine Peninsula.
As with many coastal areas across Victoria, sections of the iconic Bellarine are experiencing erosion due to natural processes, storms and climate change, with impacts on foreshore assets and recreational values.
The project is part of the Victorian Government’s $9 million Protection of Port Phillip Beaches and Foreshores initiative.
Four areas between Indented Head and St Leonards were identified by a 2019 independent technical study amongst the top priorities across the Port Phillip Bay region and will now have beach renourishment works delivered in 2020-21.
To ensure the location of works also reflects local community knowledge Bellarine residents are invited to help decide what specific sites within these four key areas are their priorities for renourishment.
Renourishment works may include deposition of sand and potentially new coastal structures to hold the sand in place and reduce erosion of the foreshore.
The community will have an opportunity to help guide decisions on the location, type of potential structures and sand used for renourishment.
Works are expected to commence in Spring 2020 and be completed early in 2021.
An online survey is open until Thursday June 25 , 2020, with hard copies also available at several locations on the Bellarine.
The survey along with more information about the beach renourishments is available online at marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastal-programs/beach-renourishment
Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
“The Victorian Government is working with our local community to ensure the planned renourishment works are in the right location to deliver the most benefit.”
“Our local community knows the Bellarine Peninsula best – this consultation will help inform final detailed planning through a questionnaire that will be available both online and available at convenient local locations.”