The delivery of 5,000 cubic meters of sand to Blairgowrie’s main beach will ensure the popular bayside destination continues to be a safe and enjoyable place for locals and visitors alike.
Inspecting the Victorian Coalition Government funded renourishment works today, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith and Member for Nepean Martin Dixon both welcomed the arrival of the sand.
“Victorians value their beaches, particularly during the busy summer period, so it is important that we work to preserve them as much as possible,” Mr Smith said.
“Beach renourishment projects like this one will ensure these precious places can be enjoyed well into the future and highlight the Coalition Government’s commitment to protecting and enhancing our coastal assets.”
Mr Dixon said Blairgowrie was a great place for swimming, walking and spending time with family and friends.
“This project is not only widening the beach, which I know will be a big hit with the dog-walkers, but is also helping to protect indigenous vegetation that was under threat from coastal erosion,” Mr Dixon said.
“Protecting our beaches and foreshores from erosion is vital for the future of our coast, and I am delighted to be here today with our project partners, the Whitecliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Committee of Management.”
Mr Dixon said the project would also include the installation of four timber groynes to minimise future sand movement away from the renourished area.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) began the $400,000 project in mid-August and is expected to complete the work by the end of September.
The project is being funded through the Coalition Government’s $9.4 million Protection of Port Phillip Bay and Beaches program.
Press Release, September 11, 2013