The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) recently put forward six options as part of a continuing community consultation process - the results of which will help shape a Coastal Adaption Plan for the popular stretch of coast.
The options ranged from minimal intervention to construction to an offshore breakwater.
A total of 32 submissions were received. Of the 29 responses specific to option one, 19 favoured minimal intervention with just five opposed.
In their responses, participants said it was the best plan for retaining the beach’s current amenity.
“[It is the] best option for maintaining as an off leash dog beach, given there are no other leash free areas available,” said respondent.
"The main advantage of this option is that it maintains public amenity. Continued use of a 'natural' beach and access to the bush track, albeit re-routed in some areas. The extended fencing is a low visual impact solution,” added another.
Of the five remaining options;
- Five of 24 respondents favoured dune management
- Five of 24 supported beach renourishment
- Nine of 26 supported construction of groynes
- Eight of 22 supported construction of a rock revetment, and
- Four of 21 supported construction of an offshore breakwater
Recently released modelling predicts that without mitigation works, the terminal scour in the beach dune wall will erode by around 1,200m3 a year - reaching the rear of properties by 2100.
Queenscliffe Council has set aside $40,000 in its current budget to upgrade existing safety fencing and signage.
The consultation was undertaken at an in-person engagement session held at Queenscliff Football and Netball Club on 29 May 2022, and also on-line. Participants were asked to outline the advantages and disadvantages of each option and to provide personal feedback.
“Erosion is a naturally occurring process affecting many parts of Victoria’s coastline, which is impacted by storms that are increasing in severity and frequency due to climate change,” DELWP said.
“We’re working with the Borough of Queenscliffe and key stakeholders to better understand the hazards, risks, and adaptation options for the site.
“The feedback will be used to better understand the adaptation options,” it said.
The final report will be made available on the Engage Victoria website on 15 September.