Point Lonsdale beachgoers now have full access to Point Lonsdale beach with vital cliff safety works and foreshore protection at the south end of the seawall completed on schedule before Christmas.
The new 12-metre rock structure and additional infill works were completed at the weekend, giving immediate protection to the eroded cliff and removing the public safety risk posed by the three-metre cliff overhang.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Borough of Queenscliffe have managed the project in partnership to protect valuable Point Lonsdale assets for the future.
A sandstone and concrete block retaining wall was backfilled with stabilised sand to fill the cliff cavity. The work helps protect public assets on the foreshore from tidal erosion, including the Point Lonsdale bowls club, playground, and cliff top walking track.
Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Cr Helene Cameron said: "These much needed works now provide for a safer foreshore and clifftop area for both residents and visitors to enjoy."
"I am delighted that the strong partnership between Council and DELWP has delivered such an important schedule of works in time for the summer peak visitor period."
DELWP's Program Manager Public Land Administration, Frances Northeast, the Point Lonsdale project was part of significant coastal repair works undertaken at beaches around the region this year including Point Richards and Shortland's Bluff.
"DELWP's regional coastal team has been working closely with the Borough of Queenscliff to fully engage with the local community on workable options and the technical delivery of this project this year.
"Public submissions and involvement in an Open House at Point Lonsdale in July by local residents and representatives of many interested clubs and groups helped generate wider understanding of the design complexities involved. This led to much-valued goodwill and an excellent result all round."
"We thank local businesses and neighbouring residents for their support and patience throughout this project. Their cooperation has been essential for Council and DELWP to protect public safety and important community assets."
"All heavy machinery is now off-site and the south end of the beach is open for visitors and local residents to enjoy. Members of the public are, however, urged to stay off the structure and observe signage on-site.
"Turf has also been laid above the protection works to help reduce sand and dust impacts to nearby properties," Ms Northeast said.
The construction access area between Albert and Loch streets will remain fenced off until the grass has re-established and The Borough of Queenscliffe and the works contractor will regularly maintain this area.
All clear: Vital cliff safety works and foreshore protection at the south end of the Point Lonsdale seawall has been completed before Christmas.
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