Media Release

23 November 2018

O’Brien: Liberal Nationals to tackle Port Phillip Bay beach erosion

Friday 23 November 2018

Liberal Nationals to tackle Port Phillip Bay beach erosion
A Liberal Nationals government will undertake a comprehensive examination of the incidence of beach erosion around Port Phillip Bay.

Since at least 2010, significant erosion has been observed around the beaches of Port Phillip Bay, most noticeably in the Mornington Peninsula region. A number of communities around the Bay have asserted that there is a causal link between the erosion and the Bay’s dredging under the former Labor government’s channel deepening project.

Port Phillip Bay is a major economic and social asset for Victoria. It is important that we get back in control of the erosion and act to protect one of our most important natural environmental assets.

Many incidences of the impact of erosion around Bay communities have been recorded.

Despite the construction of a sandbag seawall in 2010 at Portsea Front Beach, erosion has continued and the sandbag wall itself has failed. There has been a marked effect on community activities in the area with the Nippers training programme forced to relocate while recreational activities such as diving and angling have been severely affected.

A proposal for a rock revetment (sloping seawall) to protect the foreshore at Portsea has caused community concern and the Minister has now postponed these works.

A Liberal Nationals government will undertake a comprehensive examination of the incidence of erosion around Port Phillip Bay. These efforts will include consultation with affected communities, independent experts and commercial operators.

The terms and the conduct of the examination will be determined by the Minister for Environment and the Minister for Ports, in consultation with the Treasurer.

It is expected that the examination will be commenced in the first year of a Liberal Nationals government.

Comments attributable to the Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien: 

“Port Phillip Bay is a vital asset for our state. We must understand why erosion is occurring and what can be done to prevent it and restore this jewel for all Victorians”.

Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Ports David Hodgett:

“Beaches around Port Phillip Bay are still feeling the effects of Labor’s channel deepening project. Only the Liberal Nationals have a long term plan for future port capacity that won’t involve further dredging in and environmental damage to Port Phillip Bay.”

Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Environment Nick Wakeling:

“Only a Liberal National Government will develop a comprehensive plan to protect the iconic beaches and cliffs of Port Phillip Bay”.