Wonthaggi Secondary College student Dan Freeman navigates the tricky and steep slope up from the Inverloch Main Beach after a surfing class on Friday. rg064515

Wonthaggi Secondary College student Dan Freeman navigates the tricky and steep slope up from the Inverloch Main Beach after a surfing class on Friday. rg064515

INVERLOCH resident Marcia Ryan is fed up with the state of the access track to the Inverloch Main Beach.
Erosion at the entrance to the popular beach has provided a steep slope for visitors to contend with, which Ms Ryan says has been that way for at least a month.
The track is cordoned off by an orange plastic fence, along with a Bass Coast Shire sign reading, ‘This access track is temporarily closed due to maintenance repairs’.
But the blockade has done little to stop beachgoers from accessing the beach.
They are left to navigate the steep and unstable slope down to the beach or alternatively walk across through the bush and dunes, potentially causing further erosion and damage.
Ms Ryan has lived in Inverloch since the 1980s and said she’s never seen anything like it.
“It’s such a bad impression of our town and our shire,” she said.
“Every day I talk to people on the beach and they say, ‘Isn’t it a disgrace?’, but then I come back the next day and it’s still a disgrace – nothing’s been done.
“I haven’t seen anyone looking at it or surveying it, it’s just been left.
“If you could see they were coming to do something it would be alright, but I just get frustrated because I walk along the beach every day and every day I see this.
“You just get barrel loads of sand in, it’s not hard. This is Inverloch’s main access and entry to our beach.
“People who came down for Cup Weekend would be thinking ‘what is going on with this place?’”
The Bass Coast Shire Council’s general manager of Sustainable Development and Growth, Allison Jones, said the council is working with the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to undertake works to reinstate vehicle access and improve pedestrian access at the beach access track.
“This work will also include addressing the currently exposed electrical and data cabling,” she said.
“This work is anticipated to be completed before the end of November in order to allow vehicle access for the lifesaving club’s patrol season, which commences at this time.”