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Coastal protection completed at Cowes Foreshore

Coastal protection completed at Cowes Foreshore

Wednesday 22 December 2021

Eight new timber groynes are now in place to protect the Cowes East foreshore from erosion.

The project has been delivered by Bass Coast Shire Council, with funding from the Australian Government, in order to protect the foreshore, including the beach, dunes and public access points.

Over the past decade, erosion in the area has increased noticeably. The existing structures that were built to manage erosion were degraded and no longer performing their role to help maintain a sandy beach. The failing structures were also becoming a risk to the safety of beach users. The eight new groynes will help to maintain a sandy beach by trapping sand as it is moved along the coast by waves and currents.

The total project was completed at a cost of $826,000, which was fully funded by grant funding from the Australian Government’s Environmental Restoration Fund.

Construction of a new 300 metre rock seawall to replace the existing deteriorated vertical timber and timber/rock seawalls will begin in February. This next stage of works will see the site turned into a hive of activity for some weeks. More information, including regular updates, can be found on Council’s website at

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Eight new timber groynes have been constructed along the Cowes East foreshore to help combat ongoing erosion in the area.