Otway Coast Committee

Committed to Sustainable Management

7th Jun. 2012 - New Skenes Creek Beach Access & Fishing Platform for Kennett River, Coastal Erosion

New Skenes Creek Beach Access & Fishing Platform for Kennett River

Last week we reported on the successful funding of the two projects above.  Below is some more detail on the groups involved and the level of funding received.

The Skenes Creek Advancement Association in partnership with the OCC has been working with John Hotchin from the Association of Geelong and District Angling Clubs over the last couple of years to secure funding to formalise the beach access from the Great Ocean Road to the beach opposite Bass Cres.

The Snapper Rocks beach access was a project that Murray Champion had been passionate about for a number of years and for which it would be fair to say he was the driving force.

This project is worth $35,000.

Similar to the above project, the OCC has been working with John Hotchin from the Association of Geelong and District Angling Clubs to secure funding to build a fishing platform on the bank of the Kennett River.

The platform will be located on the southern bank of the river upstream from the Great Ocean Road bridge.

This project is worth $26,000.

Both these projects were successful on their second attempts and we owe a big thanks to John Hotchin for has perseverance in following these projects to a successful outcome.  We expect both projects will be completed by the end of 2012.

Coastal Erosion

DSE, Barwon Water, Vicroads, the OCC had a timely meeting with the consultants working on the management plan this Tuesday.

In a way it was good for all involved to get a bit of firsthand experience with what a good storm surge event can do to our local dune systems and beaches.

The consultants expressed their thanks to those people who supplied costal images over the last few decades.  They will help give an understanding of how dynamic it can get.

The meeting involved refining the assets & consequences lists as part of developing a risk matrix.

The consultants also noted that work on the options report has begun and they expect to be finalising the plan in July.