WHILE bureaucrats continue to debate whether climate change is real, the effects are being seen at Cowes, with the local yacht club’s fence just metres from being swallowed up by the ocean.
And after the fence will be the clubrooms.
Ronnie Bauer, who’s standing for the Reason Party in the seat of Bass, says erosion is the biggest issue facing Phillip Island.
“The State Government must look at this as a priority, and build a proper retaining wall,” he said at the weekend.
“There definitely needs to be a wall from Silverleaves all the way to probably West Cowes because that’s where it’s going quickly. That’s just to start off with.”
He joked that soon his house, a street back from the ocean, would be waterfront property.
“This is climate change. In some places, the rocks are just totally inadequate because the sand is being washed underneath them.”
At the Bass Coast Shire Council’s August meeting, there was unanimous support for the council to adopt two erosion management options reports.
They’ve also applied to the State Government for funding to design a coastal protective structure and/or other works for a long-term solution to the erosion along the Cowes East foreshore between Rose Avenue and Coghlan Road.
Cr Stephen Fullarton said the reports are great, but “let’s see some action”.
Cr Geoff Ellis, speaking in favour of the motion, said erosion’s an issue across the shire.
“We keep moving the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Tower. It’s on skids, literally on skids,” Cr Ellis said.
“Grantville’s seawall became a footpath 10 years ago and Western Port is growing more towards the highway at Jam Jerrup at a particularly alarming rate.
“Eventually we’re going to have to build a bridge on the highway.”
He said the State Government should increase technical and financial support to volunteer foreshore groups.
Erosion batters Cowes