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Beach battle

A ‘BRING Back the Beach’ campaign has been launched in Port Welshpool, initiated by town planner Roger Harvey.
He believed the beach has been degraded over the years and wants improvements.
Mr Harvey has owned a holiday house in Port Welshpool since the early 2000s and has also developed land in the area for houses.
He has been long been involved with the campaign for the reopening of the Long Jetty, and designed a poster campaign that became well known in and around the town.
The recent marina proposal prompted him to write a detailed submission to South Gippsland Shire Council objecting to the proposed location next to the Long Jetty, which he believed seemed a most poorly conceived location, duplicating the marine precinct already available at the eastern end of the town.
After so many years of campaigning, Mr Harvey holds the view that the Long Jetty should be allowed to “tell its own story” and form a passive recreation area, free of the “ugliness” and “disturbance” a marina and car park brings.
Now he is concerned about the Port Welshpool beach.
“The ugly material deposited there by Gippsland Ports following a dredging exercise is now most visible,” he said.
“The sand has been eroded such that the drop from the seawall is now quite marked, presenting a dangerous situation.
“I know the beach is artificial in the sense that the area used to be mangroves, but I really don’t see the relevance of this.”
Mr Harvey said a sandy beach was a beautiful place for people to enjoy passive recreation.
“From the time my family first started visiting in the early 2000s, the beach has been eroded and ruined,” he said.
“The best value improvement to the town is to reinstate and maintain the beach.”
Given the beach area is Crown land in the control of the State Government, Mr Harvey wrote to Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, setting out some of his ideas.
Within the letter, the stand out, non-contestable idea was to reinstate the beach.
“It be could assisted by beach groynes to resist erosion,” he said.
“It would provide a wonderful complement to the Long Jetty when it is reopened, and surely, it can’t be that hard to do.
“A revamped beach would be a great attraction and also complement the Long Jetty.
“I hope the petition will demonstrate local community and visitor support.”

Old beach: Roger Harvey’s son Chris Harvey at the Port Welshpool beach in 2011. Mr Harvey said the beach in this photo shows a much more generous coverage of sand in comparison to the current depleted situation, which is now just mud and dredged muck deposited by Gippsland Ports.

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