Apollo Bay Coastal Erosion Management

Groyne Impression

The Victorian Government is helping to manage the impacts of coastal erosion at Apollo Bay with $3 million to deliver priority works.

The funding will extend the existing sea wall and build two new 70 metre rock groynes which are designed to capture sand as it drifts past and deposit it back on the beach.

The new groynes, to be built early next year, will run perpendicular to the shoreline, south of the existing Milford Street revetment and to the south of Milford Creek.

Sections of rock seawall, which act as a permanent physical barrier, will also be constructed between the two Groynes to protect the dune, walking path, cypress trees and Great Ocean Road.

Detailed engineering work, including wave and sediment transport modelling, has determined the location and design of the new infrastructure to ensure it is cost effective and will deliver results.

Extensive community engagement on the issue of coastal erosion over several years has also been incorporated into the design, with strong local support for including new physical structures and ensure ongoing access to and along the foreshore.

When the groynes are constructed beach nourishment will be used to prefill the beach on the up-drift side to minimise the impact of the groynes on the beach to the north.

Funding for the project is part of the Government's $2.7 billion Building Works package that is creating thousands of jobs and opportunities for Victorian businesses through and beyond the pandemic.

Fact Sheet Apollo Bay Long Term Foreshore Protection Design (PDF, 316.2 KB)

Previous consultation

DELWP worked alongside the Otway Coast Committee (OCC), Colac Otway Shire (COS) and Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) to discuss community and infrastructure projects at Apollo Bay and Marengo.

During Stage 1 consultation, held in 2018, we invited the Apollo Bay and Marengo communities to consider the various long-term approaches to coastal erosion following winter storms.

Stage 2 community consultation took place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2019. Community feedback has provided the agencies involved with valuable insights about projects in Apollo Bay and Marengo. This feedback will inform future decision-making to ensure the community’s voices are heard and understood.

A ‘what we heard’ document is available following the March 2019 consultation sessions, with comments and next steps discussed throughout.

Read information on the previous consultation on Engage Victoria.

Sand renourishment - July 2020

Sand renourishment works will occur in Apollo Bay in July 2020 to create a temporary dune system that will help stabilise the foreshore while plans are finalised to construct new permanent coastal protection infrastructure.

Sand renourishment at Apollo BayDrone photo Apollo Bay


Sand renourishment works

July 2020

Planning & Design

July - September 2020

Draft design released

September 2020

Final design released

Late 2020

Construction starts

Late 2020 - Early 2021

Page last updated: 19/11/20