Since 2009, Portsea Front Beach has experienced severe beach erosion as a result of ongoing swell waves.

DELWP has completed a number of research studies of Portsea front beach and has undertaken short term measures to protect Portsea foreshore with new and upgraded coastal infrastructure.

Most recently, the Department commissioned the Portsea Front Beach Options Analysis report (PDF, 5.1 MB). Advisian (formerly Worley Parsons), an independent engineering consultant, was appointed to complete this study. The report, which was finalised in December 2016, assesses six long term coastal and maritime management options at Portsea Front Beach, and considers local community input and previous wave monitoring data.

The six options assessed in the study are:

  1. Shaping the seabed with dredging
  2. A breakwater seaward of the Portsea Pier
  3. A groyne (s)
  4. Replacing the sandbag wall with a rock wall
  5. Beach restoration or renourishment
  6. Removing and not replacing the sandbag seawall.

As of March 2017, the Department is considering the options assessment for Portsea front beach.


November 2010

Sandbag wall constructed and pier stabilisation works.

Early 2012

Prefeasibility study into management options for Portsea front beach, sand monitoring program.

2014 - 2016

Wave modelling and monitoring investigation carried out over two year period by Worley Parsons.

December 2014

Rock seawall constructed to replace retaining wall west of Portsea jetty.

2015 - 2017

Ongoing meetings with local stakeholder reference group, comprising community representatives, councillors, local businesses, Parks Victoria and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council staff.

Early 2016 - December 2016

Portsea Front Beach Options Analysis study undertaken.

More information

For further information, or to be added to our contact list, contact Jill Garvey - Coastal Programs on 03 9210 9402 or