Addressing coastal erosion impacts at Ocean Grove Main Beach

In recent years the Ocean Grove Main Beach has been heavily impacted by coastal storm erosion. This coastal erosion threatens the foreshore and the beach access assets which are located on it. These assets include the Main Beach Access Ramp, the beach car park and the toilet block.

What have we been doing about this problem?

We have been working with environmental consultants Water Technology to investigate the coastal erosion processes and what options for solutions are available.

What are the issues?

Part of the solution to the erosion impacts will be the replacement of the main beach access ramp and foreshore protection works. The ramp is old and with recent storm impacts becoming more severe it needs to be redesigned and rebuilt to maintain safe access to this significant stretch of coastline.

The existing ramp is structurally compromised as a result of damaging coastal processes, notably a large storm in 2015 and a continuing series of surge impacts which caused significant local erosion of the sand dune.

We have lost 6 to 8 metres of this foredune in the last ten years. This is, in turn, threatening important community beach access infrastructure on the top of the dune, including the main beach car park and toilet block.

What can you do to help?

We need the community and key stakeholder groups’ assistance to make the best decisions on a new ramp design and foreshore protection arrangements at this site. Come along to our Community Open Houses to find out more and tell us what you know about this area and issue. If you have any old photos of this area we’d love to see them.

Community Open Houses

When:

  • Thursday 11th October, 4pm to 7pm

                                  AND

  • Saturday 13th October, 10am to 1pm

Drop in anytime

Where: City of Greater Geelong Customer Service Centre, Corner of Presidents Avenue and The Avenue, Ocean Grove.
 

What will happen at the Open Houses?

We will be showcasing information on this project and are really looking to gather any views or information the community and key stakeholder groups may have on the ramp and adjoining coastal protection. We invite anyone with an interest in the ramp area to come along and say hello. If you have any old photos of this area we’d love to see them

Barwon Coast staff and environmental consultants from Water Technology who are assisting us with a review of coastal processes along the main beach will be at the Open Houses to answer any questions.

If you belong to a sporting or community group who use this area and would like to talk to us about issues of particular concern to your group, please contact office@barwoncoast.com.au or 5254 1118 to make an appointment.

For more information
T: 03 5254 1118
E: office@barwoncoast.com.au