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Energy And Environment

St Leonards Sea Wall Upgrades Begin

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville has announced the commencement of works at St Leonards, upgrading three sea walls to reduce the risk of erosion and protect local assets like coastal trails.

The low lying and sandy nature of the foreshore makes it vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise.

The $250,000 project will deliver a like-for-like replacement in front of the existing structures.

Two sections of sea wall are being upgraded near St Leonards Caravan Park, while an additional sea wall will be installed at St Leonards Yacht Club.

The design of the sea walls will involve a new wall being built in front of the current wall and backfilling between the two, minimising the impacts to the coastline and reducing the disturbance of vegetation in the area.

Signs and traffic management will be in place throughout the construction period with works expected to be complete by the end of May.

This work builds on the Bellarine Renourishments project, with five beaches across the Bellarine Peninsula receiving beach renourishment works to widen beaches, protect important coastal assets and improve the visitor experience.

Beach renourishment will continue along a 6km stretch of active coastline from Indented Head to St Leonards, with a strategy to manage sand supply, including monitoring, maintenance, and renewal of beach assets for the next 10 to 15 years.  

The works are being funded by State Government to address critical erosion risks by maintaining, replacing or constructing new coastal protection assets across the Victorian coastline.

The works are supported by the Bellarine Bayside Committee of Management.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“These works will ensure St Leonards’ coast line, caravan park and yacht club can be enjoyed by future generations.”

“This is just one of many works we’re undertaking to help protect our precious foreshore and the lifestyle on the Bellarine Peninsula.”

“Addressing coastal erosion, preparing for future storm events and understanding the risk of future sea-level rise is critical in our coastal communities, ensuring they continue to thrive into the future.”