Shortland’s Bluff Scheme to Prevent Coastal Erosion
Crucial works to repair and rebuild a sea wall at Shortland’s Bluff will help prevent coastal erosion caused by storm surges and protect navigational aids at Queenscliff.
The $150,000 works managed by the Victorian Government were completed prior to Easter and will help defend the seawall and coastal assets before the onset of powerful winter swells.
The recent works will also assist in safe passage for boats and ships entering Port Phillip Bay Heads at ‘The Rip’ – among the most hazardous tidal port approaches in the world.
“The rebuild of this sea wall means the Port Phillip Heads Navigational aids and historical lighthouse will be better protected, preventing accidents and environmental disasters in our shipping channels,” said Minister for the Environment, Climate Change & Water, Lisa Neville.
“These recent works are part of a package of $300,000 being invested into coastal infrastructure management from the Coastal Environments Program into the Borough of Queenscliffe this financial year.”
The project is part of significant coastal repair works, currently underway, at beaches around the region this year at Point Richards, Shortland’s Bluff and Point Lonsdale.
Following the storms last year, significant scouring was reported at the toe of the sea wall, with erosion behind the wall causing it to slump, crack and become unsafe.
The repair works started in early February 2015, and involved repairs to steps and rebuilding a 20-meter section of wall.