Ocean Grove’s main beach has undergone a transformation following the completion of a new rock revetment and beach access ramp thanks to a $2.1 million investment from the Victorian Government.
After seven months of construction, the site is now open to the public.
The rock revetment spans 76 metres and will help address coastal erosion which has impacted the foreshore area over the last 10 years.
With a height of approximately five metres, the structure strengthens this section of coastline and safeguards it from further erosion and storm damage.
The rock revetment and ramp also provide safe community access down to the sand and protects vital community assets such as the beach car park and the toilet block located behind it.
Engineers designed the rock revetment to weather forecast sea level rises, and its height and length can be increased should that be necessary in the future.
With a wider path, handrails on either side and a more gradual slope than the original access ramp, the new ramp allows for easier and safer entry to the beach.
Barwon Coast also contributed $300,000 to the project and undertook extensive community consultation in 2018 to help determine the best ramp design and foreshore protection at the site.
The Victorian Government has invested more than $60 million into marine and coastal projects state-wide since 2014.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
“The Ocean Grove main beach is iconic destination for locals and tourists, and the new access ramp provides better and safer access to this popular section of foreshore.”
“We funded this project to ensure Ocean Grove will be better protected from future coastal erosion and storm surges, preventing further sand loss along this wonderful stretch of coastline.”
“I want to thank the local community for their patience as this work was done and I look forward to seeing people enjoying the beach without a work site getting in the way once again.”