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PETITION: Protect Inverloch's dunes from climate impacts

A storm surge hits the coastline in Inverloch where dramatic erotion is threatening the Bunurong Road. Waves are cracking on an emergency rock wall and coastal banksias can be seen falling into the ocean.

Community members on the Bass Coast, Bunurong Country, are sounding the alarm about climate impacts on the coast. 


Inverloch’s surf beach is under serious threat from rising sea levels and intensifying storm surges. The coastline has been eroded by up to 70 metres in the last 10 years, sweeping away half of the vegetated dunes and the habitat they provide.


The Wreck Creek estuarine lagoon system is at risk from further dune breakthroughs and 80-year-old coastal banksias are being undermined and falling into the ocean at Flat Rocks.

Without appropriate protection, the remaining dunes will most likely be lost in a few years, leaving Surf Parade and adjoining residences vulnerable and the future of the surf beach uncertain.

While a long-term coastal adaptation plan is being developed through the Victorian government’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project, there is no committed funding for either short-term dune protection or long-term adaptation action.

Will you call on governments to protect community infrastructure and dune ecosystems from climate impacts?

NOTE: This is a joint petition of the South Gippsland Conservation Society and Friends of the Earth. Signatories will be shared with the South Gippsland Conservation Society.

 

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The signs of the climate crisis can be seen in Inverloch.

Rising sea levels and intensifying storm surges are causing dramatic erosion and threatening community infrastructure and precious dune ecosystems.  

We, the undersigned, call on Bass Coast Shire Council, the Victorian government, and the Federal government to:

  • Commit funding for immediate dune renourishment works along Inverloch Surf Beach, with a particular focus on the Wreck Creek and Flat Rocks sections of coastline.
  • Low-impact coastal protection works, such as wet sand fencing and dune revegetation, before next year’s autumn and winter storm swells.
  • Acknowledge that additional funding is needed to implement long-term adaptation measures at Inverloch surf beach, on completion of the current Coastal Hazard Assessment.

All levels of government can support efforts to address climate impacts on our coastlines.

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