Hills roll at Loch


Hills roll at Loch

HEAVY rain last week caused many landslips, but none have been as big as that on John and Val Kennedy’s property at Loch.

Fifteen acres of land slipped down a hill, giving new meaning to the phrase “the rolling hills of South Gippsland.”

Over the past 10 days, the land has moved about four metres, leaving large gaping crevasses and creating new hills on the property, along the Loch-Wonthaggi Road.

Mr Kennedy knows the paddock is prone to slipping.

“This area has had slips before,” he said.

“When they built the road in the ‘60s, it slipped away, then the second time it slipped again. They had to cut into the hill to make the road stable so I knew the hill had a history with slipping.

“We’ve also had our old boundary fence go wandering and get broken when the land has moved, but I haven’t seen anything like this before.”

The slip starts about 100 metres from the road. Two large cracks – two metres deep – run either side of the moving land.

“I’m just amazed at the force of nature moving that much land so quickly,” Mr Kennedy said.

“I’m going to go down and check out all the slips once it becomes stable and see what has been revealed.”

There’s not much Mr Kennedy can do with the land until it stops moving and he’s not sure when that will be.

“The real question is when it’s going to stop moving,” he said.

“It’s just amazing watching the land change in the space of a few days in the mean time.”

Landslip: John Kennedy is amazed at the enormity of the slip on his Loch property. The edge of the slip is shown in red.

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