Beach rubbish tip
BASS Coast Shire Council will finally clean up an eyesore along Inverloch’s foreshore after lobbying by agitated residents.
Concrete rubble, include slabs with steel reinforcing protruding and broken pipes, are now sitting on the beach below the boat ramp overflow carpark.
The ugly sight has infuriated residents who believe the mess is a blight on the town’s reputation as a holiday destination and spoiling Inverloch’s inlet beach.
Rubble has even been washed further down the beach and visitors have even cut their feet on the sharp rock.
Council will finally act to clean up the mess, despite some residents calling for action for a long time.
Resident Henry Sedelies was furious.
“I’m aware this is called the new Inverloch tip which is exactly what it is,” he said.
“They used to dump bricks and rubbish there four years ago. It should be cleaned up.”
Another resident, Kathleen Roberts, was also incensed.
“If I did this (dumped rubbish) I would be fined severely,” she said.
“It’s worse than ugly now because it will break down and ruin the beach.”
Her husband David Roberts said, “They have to put bluestone in there like they used to.”
Council’s manager of sustainable environment Deirdre Griepsma said, “Council acknowledges the area looks unsightly and requires attention.
“Council has been seeking funds for some time to improve revetment walls in the area, and has had ongoing discussions with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) regarding funding to undertake works.
“Council has allocated funds to construct a rock revetment wall at the site which has been subject to wave erosion. Council is currently designing this wall and will then seek necessary approvals, including consent from the DELWP.”
Council expects construction works will start in early 2016 after the holiday period.
“This will include removal of unsightly rubble, placement of rock to prevent further erosion and replacement of the storm water pipe,” Ms Griepsma said.
Council said the old concrete fragments were placed in the area by a former land manager in a bid to control erosion.
The rubble had been exposed by recent erosion after being buried under the sand.
Mr Sedelies said the community had waited too long for action.
“We pay $4500 in rates and you look and this is what you see. I’m embarrassed when visitors come here and they see this,” he said.
Fellow resident Margaret Pope said the rubble had hindered beach access, preventing people from walking along the beach.
“You have to wear shoes in the water because of the rubble,” she said.
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