Findings of a project examining sand management at the Point Lonsdale Bight are being reported back to the community in a summary document released this week.
The project, conducted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Borough of Queenscliffe and Parks Victoria, includes a review of previous reports and investigations, as well as community knowledge and insights.
DELWP Senior Environmental Planner Frances Northeast said: “The project has improved the agencies’ and community’s understanding of the complexities of engineered and natural shorelines in a high wave energy environment.
“The project has highlighted a variety of community preferences for how sand is managed.
“It has also raised the need for more consistent, long-term data to improve our understanding of how sand volumes change along the Bight and the interaction with built infrastructure.”
DELWP will continue monitoring and maintenance of the seawall and groynes as part of its coastal asset protection program.
“As there is no immediate risk to public safety, DELWP will not be investing in new infrastructure for the Bight at this time,” Ms Northeast said.
“Any future work conducted by DELWP will be evaluated under our coastal asset protection program, which prioritises coastal risks across the region and state.
“Input from the community was an important and valued part of the review.
“Contributions included photos of the Bight to help develop a more complete timeline of the beach’s appearance over the past 100 years.
“The photos have revealed that the beach has continually changed from a sandy base to the underlying rock platforms based on seasonality or storm events.
“A theme that emerged from the feedback was the potential for the community to establish a group to collect data on sand level changes.
“The Borough has indicated it will continue working with the community and agencies to monitor beach sand levels, and advocate for improvements in the future.”
A copy of the summary document is available at https://engage.vic.gov.au/lonsdale-bight or at the Borough’s offices at 50 Learmonth Street. A timeline of historical photos is also available on the project website.
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