Unbelievable! Bass Coast Shire Council has given a developer approval to build a multi-storey residential hotel right on our foreshore, at 2-4 The Esplanade. This inappropriate development —
We have lodged an application with VCAT to stop the planned development, and will be presenting our case during a 5-day hearing, starting on 30 January 2023.
We need legal and expert opinion to present our case. How you can help:
SGCS has supported school programs for many years, providing slide presentations as well as guided fieldwork activities. We now wish to make this material, notes and slideshows, available to everyone. Please see our free resources for schools.
SGCS started the ICRP project in 2018 to raise awareness of the coastline erosion at Inverloch since 2012. It has been monitoring and analysing changes at Inverloch Surf Beach and Andersons Inlet, identifying the impacts on environmental and community values, and possible interventions to help arrest further erosion. See all ICRP reports and documentaries here.
South Gippsland Conservation Society (SGCS) supports the Inverloch Surf Beach dune renourishment option outlined in the Coastal Hazard Assessment summaries that were recently released by the Victorian Government’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project team.
Based on the findings of the Coastal Hazard Assessment consultants and SGCS’s own research, dune renourishment, combined with groynes, represents the best means of maintaining the environmental, cultural and community values of the Surf Beach and its dunes at Inverloch in the face of the increasing impacts of climate change.
SGCS’s Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project leader, Philip Heath, said: ‘It is critical to the future of the Surf Beach, the ecological and cultural values of the vegetated dunes and the safety of adjoining residences, that the remaining dunes are protected. Based on information contained in the summaries and in discussions with the Cape to Cape team, increasing the resilience of the remaining dunes by renourishment, combined with constructing one or more groynes to hold the sand on the Surf Beach, provide the best means of sustaining the Surf Beach in its current, highly-valued form.
The other short-listed engineering adaptation actions assessed in the summary all have serious negative consequences – an extended rock wall would result in the lowering of sand levels and eventual loss of the Surf Beach, while the nearshore breakwater option would completely change the character of the Surf Beach.’
Read the full SGCS response to the recently released Cape to Cape
Resilience Project summaries.
South Gippsland Conservation Society is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1976. It aims to promote and preserve South Gippsland's natural resources.
SGCS also runs the Bunurong Environment Centre shop and Shell Museum, and Bunurong Coast Education, which offers award-winning education and activities for children and adults.
Bunurong Coast Education offers talks, guided tours and outdoor excursions
for children and adults in the holidays and on some weekends.
Free local activities for kids — walks, playgrounds, games and more.
We're right in the heart of Inverloch, corner of Ramsey Boulevard and The Esplanade, and we're open 10 am to 4 pm every day except Tuesdays.
The Centre also houses the famous Shell Museum. Entry is $2 per person, children under 5 free, and funds go to maintaining the museum.