Repairs to sandbag seawall

Picture: Yanni

Repairs are being made to the sandbag seawall installed to stop erosion at Portsea front beach in 2010.

“The seawall was first installed in 2010 and since then has helped protect the foreshore against storm surge, waves, tides and wind,” the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Port Phillip regional director, Kelly Crosthwaite, said.

“The outer layer of the of the wall is in poor condition, with wear and tear resulting in damage to several areas. Because of the way the sandbag seawall is constructed, the repairs required are extensive and involve replacing most of the existing wall.”

Ms Crosthwaite said the repairs could take “up to three months” and could not be safely and effectively made over winter. 

“Major repairs will likely be carried out in spring and completed in time for summer,” she said. 

“We are continuing to work closely with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to investigate potential long-term options to restore Portsea front beach.”                         

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 26 March 2019


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