Beach boxes under threat – Liberals


SAND is building up behind beach boxes at Mt Martha North where large boulders have been placed at the foot of the still-receding cliff. Picture: Keith Platt

LIBERAL MP for Mornington David Morris has accused the state Labor government of having a plan that will see beach boxes “ripped off our beaches”.

While last week’s run of strong winds and waves appeared to be trying their best to undermine beach boxes at Mt Martha North, Mr Morris issued a news release saying the Draft Marine and Coast Policy report released by Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, stated that bathing boxes were “to be removed/relocated as the opportunity arises”.

“This is a dramatic departure from the former Liberal Nationals government’s plans to retain bathing boxes,” Mr Morris said.

“Not only are these bathing boxes much loved, many are also heritage listed after being added to the Victorian heritage register by the Heritage Council of Victoria in July 2018.

“This plan to remove Victoria’s iconic beach boxes would destroy not just an important part of Victoria’s built heritage, but also an important part of Victoria’s cultural heritage.”

Mr Morris said the Premier Daniel Andrews should “immediately abandon this absurd plan to remove bathing boxes from Victoria’s beaches, and apologise for even contemplating such a ridiculous and out of touch move”.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 16 July 2019