No permanent fix for eroding coast

A storm surge this month further eroded the beach and infrastructure at Apollo Bay.

Erosion of coastline at Apollo Bay’s main beach has created community concern for the township’s tourism, safety and road infrastructure.

But the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is yet to commit to a permanent solution, with DELWP regional manager Greg Leece saying the body is discussing long-term solutions.

Large swells and high tide washed away sections of a walking track between Cawood Street and Marriners’ Lookout Road earlier this month.

Authorities managed what Apollo Bay resident Cheryle Polgeest classified as a “severe” erosion event, by closing the walking track and the Tuxion Road car park, and limiting beach access.

Ms Polgeest said immediate action was needed to prevent further erosion of Apollo Bay’s beach, with the collapsed section of the beach edging closer to the Great Ocean Road.

“I am hoping that the responsible authorities will make a decision, however costly, to start repairing the area with rocks, as is happening currently at Skenes Creek, or sandbags and rocks which are used in other parts of the country,” she said.

Ms Polgeest said ocean tides had been deteriorating Apollo Bay’s main beach for “several months” and that current sand renourishments were not a sufficient solution.

“The sand-only solution, which is being used currently, is not the answer to permanent restoration,” she said.

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