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Loch Sport needs help on foreshore erosion

The Loch Sport community needs help from the state government to deal with ongoing erosion on the Lake Victoria foreshore.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has met with the Loch Sport Foreshore Committee to view first-hand the rapidly accelerating erosion of the foreshore around the Seagull Drive area and further along to the northeast toward National Park Road.

Mr O’Brien said erosion of the foreshore has long been an issue for Loch Sport, but that it had accelerated in recent months with strong winds washing away the shoreline and threatening the coastal walking path and private backyards.

“I recently wrote to the Minister for Environment seeking assistance for the Loch Sport Foreshore Committee and the Loch Sport community to install additional groynes to arrest the erosion and movement of sand along the foreshore,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is an issue that has been ongoing for some time and in the last few years there has been almost no support from the state government for dealing with it.

“Indeed, I first wrote to the government in 2015 seeking assistance and funding for a plan to address the erosion and little has happened since.”

Mr O’Brien said the area around the Seagull Drive boat ramp was being rapidly washed away and in some parts the walking track along the foreshore was being undermined.

“Loch Sport has an enviable position as one of the few places in southern Australia with north-facing water views, but that advantage is being literally eroded away by wind and wave action.

“We need groynes installed to protect the foreshore and reduce the movement of sand along the coast.

“This has worked well in other parts of the town and the government needs to act with the community and the Foreshore Committee to address this ongoing issue.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Loch Sport Foreshore Committee Chair Rosalind Steel and Secretary Tony Patchell.


2 July 2020

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