Apollo Bay Coastal Erosion Management

The Victorian Government has invested $3 million to design and commence construction of new permanent coastal protection structures that will protect beaches in and around Apollo Bay and safeguard sections of the Great Ocean Road.

The specific design and location of the protection structures will be determined through detailed engineering and planning to ensure it delivers the best value for money.

Structures may include groynes, rock revetments or other appropriate options.

Extensive local community engagement over several years on the issue of coastal erosion will be incorporated into the design, with strong local support for on-ground action beyond sand carting, including new physical structures.

Works will also include revegetation of sections of the foreshore and construction of new access points either side of the groyne to ensure people can continue to walk along the beach and foreshore safely. This will also be informed by previously conducted community consultation.

Concept designs will be presented to the community for comment prior to construction commencing.

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: 20/07/20