Foreshore’s destruction continuing

Colac resident Kerry Hulm took this photo of the ocean closing in on the foreshore at Apollo Bay’s main beach last week. The shore has been eroding in recent years.

High tides are again impacting the Apollo Bay foreshore and an action group wants a State Government commitment to safeguard the coast in its upcoming budget.

Action Group for Apollo Bay member John Gorman said ocean swells had again damaged a foreshore walking track last week, following sand washing away that authorities last replaced in December to protect the foreshore in the short term.

“What has been happening is we are seeing a lot of money being band-aids that have effectively worn off very quickly,” Mr Gorman said of the sand replacement.

“We need to see a serious commitment from the State Government in their upcoming budget to get a permanent solution,” he said.

Apollo Bay Bakery co-owner Sally Cannon said the town anticipated king tides around Easter that she believed would impact the foreshore if there was no further short-term protection.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Greg Leece said authorities were planning further sand renourishment works.

“These works will be undertaken when it is safe to do so for our contractors and the public,” Mr Leece said.

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