A POPULAR walking track in Grantville continues to crumble as recent storm surges and high tides wreak havoc along the Waterline area’s coastline.
The pathway north of Pier Road was temporarily closed by Bass Coast Shire Council last August due to damage caused by erosion.
Works undertaken by the council to make the track safe for pedestrian access seems to have remedied the situation for a while, but one section of the trail now appears to be nothing more than shifting sand and clumps of decaying seaweed.
Local tide watcher and long-time anti-Port of Hastings campaigner, Kevin Chambers, says he sympathises with the council on the difficulties its faces with the pathway.
“It’s a very popular walk with residents and visitors, and council probably need to close it on public risk grounds until they can come up with a permanent solution,” Mr Chambers said.
He also called on Bass MP Brian Paynter to assist with funding a sizeable repair job, and “not just at Pier Road”.
“The coast from Coronet Bay right up to Lang Lang has been hammered in recent years, so just fixing Pier Road won’t solve much at all.
“With climate change induced storm surges causing more Waterline coast erosion every year, now is the time to fix it for good.”
The council’s general manager of sustainable development and growth, Allison Jones, said the track has been open to public access since last September and remains open today.