Sections of the Bellarine Peninsula are experiencing erosion due to natural processes, storms and climate change, with impacts on foreshore assets and recreational values.

The following four Bellarine beaches were selected for renourishment works during an independent assessment of Port Phillip Bay in 2019.

  • Indented Head, Taylor Reserve
  • Indented Head, Wrathall Reserve
  • St Leonards North
  • St Leonards

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Latest updates

November 2020

Nearly 7,000 cubic metres of sand will be deposited at two Indented Head beaches later this month.

Trucks will transport approximately 5,000 cubic metres of sand to a stretch of beach at Taylor Reserve, and close to 2,000 cubic metres to shoreline at Wrathall Reserve.

Increasing the width of the beaches by approximately 15 metres, the works will provide up to ten years of protection for these vulnerable sections of coastline.

Access to Taylor Reserve and Wrathall Reserve beaches will be restricted during the works, as trucks and large earthmoving equipment deliver and shape the new sand over approximately two weeks.

More details can be found here.

July 2020

We have collated feedback received during community consultation about the upcoming beach renourishment works on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The summary of feedback can be viewed here:

June 2020

We have undertaken community consultation to ensure that the location of upcoming beach renourishment works on the Bellarine Peninsula reflect community priorities.

Residents were invited to help guide decisions on which specific sites within the four key beaches will undergo beach renourishment.

The community also shared preferences around the type of sand and structures that could be used in the works.

Next steps

We are incorporating feedback from the community consultation into the beach renourishment plans.

We will continue to communicate with the community as the works are carried out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline for the beach renourishment works?

The works are expected to begin in late 2020 and be completed by Easter 2021.

Will beaches close during the beach renourishment works?

It’s likely that some of the sites will need to be temporarily closed for public safety while plant and machinery are operating.

Works will be planned to ensure the least possible disruption to beach access, and where possible will not occur during peak periods of visitation such as school holidays.

If new sand is added to beaches, where will it come from?

Sand may be sourced from land-based sources such as quarries, or it may be pumped ashore from offshore marine sources with excess sand.

Any new sand brought in during the works will match existing beach sand in appearance, grain size and texture.

Will other beaches on the Bellarine be renourished?

The immediate priority for renourishment are the four sites between St Leonards and Indented Heads. Once beach renourishment works have been completed at these locations and other priority sites around Port Philip Bay, other sites will be assessed for renourishment.

Where can I get more information?

More information about the Victoria Government’s $8 million Port Phillip Bay Beaches Renourishment program can be found here. Please email marine.coasts@delwp.vic.gov.au if you have any questions or would like more information about a specific part of the upcoming Bellarine renourishment works.

Page last updated: 18/11/20