Otway Forum Report

10th June 2018
OTWAY FORUM MEETING No. 313 - June 10 2018

Cr S Hart and Anthony Alfirenko, Executive Officer OCC, in attendance.

- The Planning Ministers Panel on the Barham Valley mega resort has received more information from the developer/speculator.

- The Panel will now decide if the new information is sufficient before it can be released for public submissions for a further 21 days.

- It is anticipated that a second Directions Hearing will be held in late July.

- The main hearing is not expected to commence before late August.

- Large boulders from Werribee are being placed on the foreshore at Thomas’s corner to protect the GOR.

- Work should be completed this week and paid for by Vic Roads.

- 50 b double truck loads at $1000+ were used.

- Up to 20 other areas are also under threat and are to be reinforced.

- Back and front beaches continue to be replenished  with sand from inside the harbour and the Pt Bunbury groyne area.

- About one metre from the base of the replenishment works was lost after the first medium sized swell.

- Over 200 year old aboriginal midden material now collapsing from middle section of back beach dunes.

- Also vegetation/trees collapsing in same area.

- A small groyne saved the original toilet block at the big car park west of the bridge.

- Although the toilet block is now long gone the groyne is buried under tonnes of sand.

- DELWP workshop reported that most of the sand, that has washed away from last year’s work, has not resettled on the beaches.

- Now the area where that sand was harvested is more vulnerable to storm surges and rising sea levels.

- If this cycle of rising sea levels and increasingly more frequent and powerful storm surges continues, there will soon not be enough sand for further replenishment.

- DELWP and Otway Coast Committee are looking for volunteers to monitor the front and back beach erosion with a drone, GPS programmes and a tablet computer, that will be supplied.

- Perhaps the school students could be involved, as its their future that is being washed away?

- More information is required before a long term solution, such as the recommended groynes, will be committed to by our politicians.

- Groynes will widen and heighten the beach, sand bags are not a long term solution and sea walls may protect the road but the beach will disappear.

- Another sand study currently being undertaken with report to be finalised before the end of year.

- A toilet block is planned for southern end of back beach but funding not allocated yet.

- Plans of the proposed $4.6m Wild Dog to Skenes Creek coastal track are now on the OCC website.

- Funding yet to be approved by the state government.

- Is it wise to be putting more public infrastructure/tracks in the coastal zone?

- Isn’t it more important to be putting in long term solutions to address the coastal erosion issues facing the GOR at the front and back beaches?

- $4.6m would go a long way to fixing these issues!!

- Pt Bunbury/harbour redevelopment still waiting on Expression Of Interest process to begin.

- GTA consultants have started a AB Tourism Parking and Traffic Strategy for COS.

- More information on this Thursday at Senior Cits  3-6pm, please attend.

- “It will inform a future project, scheduled for later this year, which will look at infrastructure in AB more broadly.”

- COS work on the duplication of drainage outfall at Thompson street to commence shortly.

- Public Submissions on COS budget this week.

- Finally a new CEO appointed at COS!

- An invitation will shortly go out for Peter Brown to attend a Forum meeting.


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Peter Fillmore
Hon. Secretary
Otway Forum

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