The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), the Borough of Queenscliffe and Parks Victoria invite the community to attend an Open House next Wednesday to gain insight into the sand movements at Lonsdale Bight.

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), the Borough of Queenscliffe and Parks Victoria invite the community to attend an Open House next Wednesday to gain insight into the sand movements at Lonsdale Bight.

The Open House on 18 January will detail the results of an independent review, commissioned by DELWP, into the current understanding of the Lonsdale Bight, following concerns about sand retention and erosion. It will also identify any knowledge gaps and encourage discussion of short and long-term sand management ideas for consideration by the community.

DELWP Senior Environmental Planner Frances Northeast said: “We want to hear from locals on their knowledge of the area and its history to further understand what the community values  most about these special beaches. This information is important to guide future decision-making.”

“Lonsdale Bight, including Point Lonsdale front beach, is the five-and-half kilometre stretch of beach between Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff townships.

“As part of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, Lonsdale Bight has significant environmental value. The area is also central to many social and recreational activities and events for residents and visitors alike.

”It’s vital that people have a voice in how we manage this area, alongside Borough of Queenscliffe Council and Parks Victoria,” Ms Northeast said.  

Coastal modelling consultancy BMT WBM Pty Ltd carried out the review which consolidates the existing knowledge of the environmental factors influencing sand movement at Lonsdale Bight, identifies critical gaps in knowledge and recommends sustainable ideas for sand management. The firm has extensive experience and expertise in analysing the coastal environment including similar work on Rye foreshore on the Mornington Peninsula.

The project team and consultant will be available to discuss the review at the Open House. The sessions invite community members to share how they use and value the Lonsdale Bight as well as history of the local beaches. Local residents are also encouraged to bring along relevant photos of the beach to add to a historical time line wall.  

The Open House will be held at the Point Lonsdale Bowling Club on Wednesday 18 January, with interested community members welcome to drop in at either session between 11:00am – 1:30pm and 5:00pm – 7:30pm.

For more information on the Open House and a copy of the Point Lonsdale Bight review, visit www.engage.vic.gov.au/lonsdale-bight or call (03) 5220 2020.