path-picTHE Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) said it wasn’t necessary – twice.

They agreed with the shire’s own experts.

But the Bass Coast Shire Council is going ahead anyway with a scientific investigation into the impact of “placing an intergenerational asset along the Inverloch foreshore” to wit, the Surf Parade pathway.

The tender documents were published last week and are available at https://www.tenderlink.com/basscoast/

They provide some insight into the technical nature of the investigation.

However, to access the documents, who need to register your ABN and email address.

Here for your interest is an extract from tender documents:

C.1 INTRODUCTION

Bass Coast Shire Council wishes to engage a multi-disciplined team to undertake a project to assess the impact of the proposed Inverloch Shared pathway (including the access tracks and carparks) to the coastal foreshore. This will require undertaking a Geomorphic and Ecological Investigation.

The teams will be made up of experts that have demonstrated skills and experience in:

* geomorphic and ecological investigation

* coastal erosion and processes

* data and options analysis

* environmental planning

* presentation and report writing

C.2 BACKGROUND

The Inverloch foreshore is valued by many within the community for its natural, recreational and cultural assets. The area experiences high visitation and is a key feature for tourism. The area caters for a range of recreational activities such as surfing, swimming, fishing, walking, horse riding, diving and bird watching, as well as several community events.

Council is concerned about the recent rapid retreat of the fore dune along the study area. Successive moderate events, unseen for some 30 years, have caused some significant changes to the Inverloch Main Beach profile.

A preliminary design has been completed for a 2.5 kilometre extension of an existing concrete shared footpath along the foreshore. Refer attachment A. The masterplan is available on Council’s website.

http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Services/Roads_Parking_Transport/Council_Projects/Surf_Parade_Inverloch_-_Shared_Path. The principles of the design process was to firstly avoid any adverse impacts through vegetation clearance and secondly to minimise the impacts through the appropriate design process.

The provision of a shared footpath will assist in achieving the vision for Inverloch as set out in the Inverloch Design Framework 2013 which seeks to facilitate opportunities for cycling and walking along foreshore areas and pedestrian connectivity within the Inverloch township. The Parks and Trails Map has been incorporated into the Bass Coast Planning Scheme, Clause 21.10, Local Area Inverloch.

At its Special Meeting of 25 March 2015, Council considered planning permit 140242 – Removal of vegetation from Abbott Street to Cape Paterson Road, Inverloch, to enable construction of the path.

The planning permit was granted – Refer Attachment B. A subsequent motion asked for the path project to be deferred pending further investigations. Refer Attachment C. Undertaking Geomorphic and Ecological Investigations will assist Council in making future decisions about the proposed shared footpath, as well as other coastal foreshore assets in the future.

As part of its commitment to the community, Council wishes to engage a multi-disciplinary team with appropriately qualified coastal geomorphology and ecology skills to investigate the distinct features of the Inverloch Foreshore between Abbott Street and Cape Paterson Road and the landforms interrelationships between known science regarding climate change, potential impacts from storm surge, wave erosion and natural coastal processes. The team should also be specialists in primary and secondary dune and coastal vegetation.

Specifically, the purpose of this project is to assess the impact of the proposed pathway (including the access tracks and carparks) to the coastal foreshore. This will enable Council to make a more informed decision on placing an intergenerational asset along the Inverloch foreshore.

C.3 STUDY AREA SCOPE

The study area includes the public land managed by Bass Coast Shire Council located on the foreshore up to the road reserve known as Surf Parade (refer to Figure 1 – see shire website ‘tenders’). It is to include the areas on which the proposed paths (access tracks and carparks) may have an impact.

The Inverloch Foreshore Reserve is Crown Land Reserve which extends for 2.5 kilometres along the coast. Council is the Crown Land manager, appointed by the Department of Environment, Land, Planning and Water (DELWP) under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978.

C.4 PROJECT PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

C.4.1 Project Purpose

The purpose of the project is to assess the impact of the proposed pathway including access tracks and carparks to the Inverloch coastal foreshore.

C.4.2 Project Outcomes

As an outcome of the project Council will be:

* understanding the impact of the proposed shared pathway (access tracks and carparks) to the coastal foreshore

* better informed on the contemporary coastal processes and possible impacts of climate change scenarios

* identify potential vegetation enhancement areas for rehabilitation within the study area *?able to make a more informed decision on placing intergenerational assets along the Inverloch foreshore

C.4.3 Project Objectives

The key objectives of the report are to:

* review of the geomorphology and ecology of the study area

* review of the contemporary coastal processes of the study area

* undertake a regional exposure assessment of the study area

* review of the potential short and long term coastal recession and aggression

* undertake a Coastal Hazard Risk Assessment of the proposed works, car parks and access tracks within the study area

* provide an opinion of the construction impact of the proposed pathway, including the removal of 0.17 Hectares of vegetation along the path alignment, to the Inverloch coastal foreshore

* provide an opinion of offset vegetation vs onsite vegetation enhancement

* provide an opinion of the proposed path alignment in the LSIO (land subject to inundation overlay) area at Wreck Creek

C.5 PROJECT DELIVERABLE

At the end of the project the consultant must present a report which addresses the project purpose, outcomes and objectives.