Funds committed to Loch Sport erosion action

Ongoing concerns for the erosion at Loch Sport’s foreshore will finally be addressed if The Nationals are elected to government in November.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has announced a $5 million commitment to implement action to stop further erosion on the Lake Victoria foreshore.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien with Loch Sport locals celebrating The Nationals’ $5 million commitment to addressing erosion issues on the Lake Victoria foreshore.

“We need immediate action to stop the erosion from progressing any further, particularly around Seagull Drive and Toorak Avenue, and The Nationals in government will ensure the funds are available to make that happen,” Mr O’Brien said.

“For years the Andrews Labor Government has left this issue on the back burner while it commissioned more plans, studies and reviews.

“While Labor has continued to dither we have seen the need to relocate the walking track in the Seagull Drive and Boulevard areas due to erosion and now the Seagull Drive carpark and toilet are even under threat.

“It’s just a matter of time before there are further incursions onto public land and ultimately onto private land if action isn’t taken.”

Mr O’Brien said a public survey has now been undertaken after the release of the latest technical report on solutions, which can be found at engage.vic.gov.au/loch-sport-foreshore-coastal-erosion.

“This survey is based on the findings of the Loch Sport Foreshore Coastal Processes and Options Assessment Report and offers a number of paths forward to address erosion – each with varying costs and effectiveness,” Mr O’Brien said

“We will honour that engagement process, but the strong feedback from the community and the report itself is that groynes work and will halt the erosion.  I am open to trialling new methods such as shellfish reefs, but not at the expense of any further delays.

“All the reports and surveys in the world are pointless if the money isn’t there to implement the outcome. Only The Nationals in government are willing to put the money on the table to implement the action needed to prevent further erosion.”

 

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