October 2022 - SGCS Supports Dune Renourishment Action at Inverloch Surf Beach
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
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
Read the full SGCS response to the recently released Cape to Cape
Resilience Project summaries.
February 2022 - 'Rally Round Our Dunes!'
Hundreds of people registered their concern for the future of Inverloch Surf
Beach at our recent 'Rally Round Our Dunes!'. A short film of the event has
been produced and is available here
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- The Rally attracted significant media interest, with front page coverage in the Sentinel-Times, on WIN News,
ABC Gippsland News and 3mFM radio.
- Background to the Rally is provided in a short Q&A
here, which describes the rapid and sustained coastline erosion that has
occurred at Inverloch Surf Beach since 2012, as well as the environmental and
community values that are being impacted.
- Our refreshed Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project exhibition continues to be
on display at the Bunurong Environment Centre. The petition calling for action
from all levels of Government has attracted around 400 signatures to date and
will be presented to elected representatives in early 2022.