EFFORTS to fight coastal erosion on the Bass Coast are getting a boost thanks to a local partnership and an additional $400,000 from the Victorian government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscapes program.

The Inverloch Regional and Strategic Partnership, between nine government agencies along with Traditional Owners, will develop a local Coastal Hazard Assessment and undertake community resilience planning to better understand the reasons why coastal erosion is occurring at Inverloch and its impacts on the wider coastal area.

The partnership, to be known as the Cape to Cape Resilience Project, is the first of its kind to be created under the new Marine and Coastal Act 2018.

The project will undertake extensive community consultation and a Stakeholder Reference Group will be established.

The funding will support research into coastal processes and develop recommendations for adapting impacted sections of the Bass Coast Rail Trail at Kilcunda. It will also complete hybrid coastal protection works at Jam Jerrup by 2021- 22.

The government declared the Bass Coast a distinctive area and landscape in 2019, to protect the environment, landscape and lifestyle. A Statement of Planning Policy is now being developed for the area.

The Victorian government said it had already contributed $1.15 million to help combat Inverloch’s erosion problems with short-term emergency works and for the development of the Regional and Strategic Partnership.

“The Cape to Cape Resilience Project and this additional government funding will deliver real and practical outcomes for the erosion at Inverloch and surrounding areas,” said Bass MP Jordan Crugnale.