The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will undertake major repairs to the sandbag seawall at Portsea front beach later this year.

The sandbag seawall is a protective measure to stop erosion.  DELWP Port Phillip Regional Director, Kelly Crosthwaite, said: “The seawall was first installed in 2010 and since then has helped protect the foreshore against storm surge, waves, tides and wind.”

“The outer layer of the of the wall is in poor condition, with wear and tear resulting in damage to several areas. Because of the way the sandbag seawall is constructed, the repairs required are extensive and involve replacing most of the existing wall.

“The works could take up to three months to complete and cannot be conducted safely and effectively over winter.

“Major repairs will likely be carried out in spring and completed in time for summer.

“We are continuing to work closely with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to investigate potential long-term options to restore Portsea front beach.”

DELWP will work with the local community in winter on logistics and timing to manage the impact on residents and local businesses.