Coastal Adaptation Plans

Erosion is a naturally occurring process impacting many parts of Victoria’s coastline.

Coasts are dynamic environments impacted by storms that are increasing in severity and frequency due to climate change.

At some locations this erosion is occurring at a fast rate and is impacting important community assets or infrastructure.

To plan for and mitigate these impacts, DELWP works with other relevant authorities to develop new Coastal Adaptation Plans.

The plans identify short and long-term options for authorities to manage the impacts.

All plans and potential mitigation options are prepared in line with the Marine and Coastal Policy 2020 that aims to reduce environmental impacts through an adaptive approach over new and existing physical infrastructure where possible.

More information on the Marine and Coast Policy 2020 here: https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastal-management/marine-and-coastal-policy

Wye River

At Wye River, the estuary opening has undergone movement in an easterly direction. This has resulted in some recession of the dune system, impacts to beach access and risks to local assets including the surf lifesaving club ramp due to erosion.

The Wye River Coastal Adaptation Strategy will identify what the dominant processes influencing estuary opening and movements at Wye River are and recommend possible measures to address the issues.

To address immediate impacts of the estuary shifting east, the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority has completed short-term remedial works, including sand renourishment and scraping to minimise further erosion of the foreshore, damage to the boat access ramp and improve public safety.

These actions will help reduce further impacts while the adaptation plan is developed.

Eastern View

Sections of Eastern View has experienced high levels of erosion and action is required to avoid further damage to localised infrastructure, habitat and improve beach amenity.

The Eastern View Coastal Adaptation Plan will investigate short and longer-term solutions to coastal hazards between Devil’s Elbow to Coalmine Creek (Memorial Arch).

Adaptation options to coastal hazards will seek to understand current community usage, and how coastal processes will affect the site under a changing climate.

Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove is a high-energy ocean beach exposed to Southern Ocean swell and wind waves generated in Bass Strait, which drive sediment transport processes on the shoreline.

Consequently, the beach experiences changes in width and occasional erosion of the back-shore area during storms. There is currently increased erosion which has impacted assets and infrastructure such as access stairs.

Hodgson Street Coastal Adaptation Plan will focus on the beach area between Presidents Ave (14W beach accessway) and Hodgson Street (13W beach accessway).

It will assess the vulnerability of the site to coastal hazards, such as sea level rise and identify measures than can be implemented over time to respond to these hazards.

Consultation

Community engagement is an essential component of finalising the plans and authorities will be seeking local input.

Local information will help shape the strategies and provide valuable insights into how the community values and uses the areas as well as how these coastal environments have changed over time.

Details of community consultation for each adaptation plan will be available shortly.

Page last updated: 22/07/21