THE state government will carry out further coastal erosion management works along the Inverloch foreshore in the coming months in a bid to reduce coastal erosion and protect the popular Bunurong Road coastal route.

Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale said the government is investing $500,000 to deliver coastal erosion management works near the intersection of Bunurong Road and Surf Parade, which includes the 500-tonne rock wall that was installed over the Easter long weekend and additional rock armouring to reinforce this wall.

The rock armouring, which includes more rocks that will build on and reinforce the wall, will commence on Monday, May 11, and is expected to be completed by late-June.

Several other initiatives have also been delivered as part of the fight against coastal erosion in Inverloch including a $450,000 investment from the government to install a 70-metre-long wall of geotextile containers adjacent to the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club.

A trial of ‘wet sand’ fencing commenced in March 2019 and dune reconstruction has also been implemented in the area to curb the impacts of coastal erosion.

A multi-agency working group led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) was formed in 2018 to investigate short-term solutions to coastal erosion issues along the Inverloch foreshore. The group includes DELWP, Regional Roads Victoria, Bass Coast Shire Council (BCSC) and Parks Victoria (PV).

A Regional and Strategic Partnership (RaSP) is being formed to develop a local coastal hazard assessment and undertake community resilience planning to better inform and tailor strategic, long-term future investment into this coastal area and surrounds. Data collection, analysis and modelling is now underway to help the RaSP with this work.

Community members are advised to keep a safe distance of at least 50 metres from the work site at all times and observe all barriers and warning signs. Most of the works will be completed on the foreshore, however, traffic delays of up to five minutes will be required during some stages of the works.

“These works will go a long way towards protecting Bunurong Road from the impacts of coastal erosion and we’re working hard to deliver it before the winter storm season,” said Ms Crugnale.

“This stretch of coastline is very dynamic and we are not just doing emergency works to protect the surf club and Bunurong Road, but through the multi-agency working group led by DELWP, we have already started the data collection, analysis and modelling to inform the local coastal hazard assessment and future investment.”

The RRV Eastern Region Maintenance Alliance will deliver these coastal erosion management works. The alliance is a partnership between Regional Roads Victoria and Fulton Hogan, which delivers planned and responsive maintenance activities across Gippsland’s road network.