Photos sought for study of Apollo Bay coast
16 May, 2012
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is seeking historical photos of Apollo Bay’s coastline to contribute to a photographic timeline that shows how the coast has changed.
The information will be used in a study DSE is undertaking to better understand how to respond to coastal hazards including erosion, sediment movement and impacts from storms along the foreshores from Marengo to Skenes Creek.
DSE South West Manager Environmental Planning Michael Noelker said the study will equip foreshore manager Otway Coast Committee of Management with a framework to assist them to respond to coastal hazards as they occur.
“Last winter erosion was widespread along the coastline. This resulted in cliff slumps, sand slumps, sand being removed from one beach and deposited on another, new sand bars and also loss of vegetation,” he said.
“Even though the coast has always been subject to changes because of natural coastal processes it is important we understand how to better manage and minimise impacts, such as a badly eroded shoreline. This will help the coastline become more resistant to change.”
DSE has appointed consultants Water Technology to undertake the study and develop the Coastal Hazards Management Plan. The plan will be finalized in mid 2012.
The photo collection is one part of the study. People are asked to contribute digital images or scanned photos with dates so coastal changes can be viewed in chronological order. DSE will scan photos that are brought into the DSE’s Anglesea office.
DSE is accepting photos until 25 May. Please contact DSE’s Tammy Smith phone 5220 2012 or email Tammy.Smith@dse.vic.gov.au