I wish I could share the optimism expressed in recent Sentinel-Times articles about changes at the Inverloch Surf Beach and Point Norman.
Describing the changes as part of a natural cycles is true to a point.
Sand moves from the beach to offshore bars seasonally, and fences and rock walls appear and disappear.
As a geographer, I am a keen observer of the coast and am running educational programs about our coastline at the Bunurong Environment Centre.
In addition, I am studying closely changes occurring as a result of global warming.
Melting of six Antarctic glaciers is happening now, and oceans are warming. Warm water is bulkier than cold water.
For these two reasons, as well as more intense storm events due to more warmth and moisture in the atmosphere, sea level is rising.
Natural cycles are occurring, but on top of the changes described above. The amount and time frame of erosion at Inverloch Surf Beach is far greater than during a normal cycle.
The sand that is being transported by wind and water from the surf beach to Point Norman is not going to return there.
In light of this, the plan to remove vegetation from the edge of Surf Parade to construct a footpath is very short-sighted.
The narrow strip of sand and tea tree is all that is protecting houses and infrastructure.
Encouraging more people to walk and cycle is important but there must be other ways to achieve this outcome.
Aileen Vening, Wonthaggi.