The Andrews Labor Government is protecting the Mount Martha North Beach through a new sloping rock wall to protect the cliff toe from waves and erosion, and maintaining public safety.
The rock revetment will help prevent damage to infrastructure behind the cliff, including the Esplanade.
The revetment will extend south 140 metres from the southern end of the existing revetment. A further 60 metres of revetment may also be constructed north of the access stairs.
Design of the rock revetment is underway, and construction is due to commence early-April 2018.
The Labor Government has allocated $880,000 from the $21.4 million Protection of Victoria’s Iconic Beaches and Coastline Program to construct the revetment.
The wall was a high priority recommendation from the 2017 Mount Martha North Coastal Processes Investigation and Future Management Recommendations Report, conducted by coastal engineering consultants Water Technology.
The report put forward a number of other recommendations to help retain sand on the beach in front of the revetment once it is built.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will be conducting an options analysis of these management recommendations in 2018, which will include modelling the engineering proposals in detail and assessing their potential environmental, economic and social impacts
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We know how important the Mount Martha North Beach area is to the community – we’re listening to the local community and ensuring that the beach is safe.”
“The rock revetment is an important first step in making sure the area is safe – but will also help protect the cliff toe from waves and erosion.”