SWELLS of up to four metres have caused damage worth up to $150,000 at Apollo Bay’s foreshore.
Otway Coast Committee executive officer Gary McPike said “really high” swells and tides had damaged about 30 metres of the town’s foreshore, mostly between Marriners Lookout Road and Milford Street.
Mr McPike said he would meet with State Government agencies today to discuss the cost of repairing the foreshore and preventing a repeat of the incident, where high swells from Saturday to yesterday morning washed vegetation and logs onto the Great Ocean Road.
“It’s the most significant erosion we’ve had in the bay of Apollo Bay in the last 10 years,” he said.
“The vegetation’s eroded that amount, in a couple of places the erosion’s up to within a few metres of the Great Ocean Road.
“It’s slowed down traffic a little bit.”
Workers have fenced off dangerous parts of Apollo Bay’s foreshore and a coastal pathway.
Mr McPike estimated the cost of rehabilitating the foreshore at $100,000 to $150,000.
“A fair bit of the path was just the new path that we’d built at the end of last year – it’s been very, very popular, 20,000 to 30,000 people have used it since it was open,” he said.
Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s Dean Tonkin said the swell was “very, very large” until yesterday afternoon.
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority’s Phil Lawson monitored the Barham River Estuary at the weekend and said the swell reached about two metres high at Apollo Bay and four metres at Marengo.
Wind damage also caused power outages for about 4000 homes between Colac and Apollo Bay.
Powercor spokesman Drew Douglas said separate outages happened at 9.43am and 9.53am yesterday, with power restored by 11.38am.
“It’s the wind and the heavy wet bark of the gum trees flying around and causing the fault,” Mr Douglas said.