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.

How are we working with the community on this project?

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. We have conducted a series of Open Houses and Community Listening Posts in October and November 2018. A number of documents detailing information about the Open Houses can be downloaded from this website:

  • Community Engagement Summary Report. This report details community feedback we received at the Open Houses and Community Listening Posts. 

  • Copies of posters which were on display at the Open Houses

What next?

The community values for the area as well as the specific feedback on each the two top draft protection treatments will be considered alongside other evaluation items such as cost and effectiveness in protecting against erosion. This evaluation will result in a final treatment concept.  The community will be informed of the final treatment concept and be kept informed of the construction process and any interruptions to public use of the area.

Questions? Concerns?

Please contact Barwon Coast if you have any questions or concerns about the community engagement process or the project itself.