Cliff work ends, for now

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Temporary works to protect cliffs at Mt Martha North Beach from erosion by the sea and the public from landslides have been finished.

If the work passes a “practical completion inspection” this week control of the beach will be handed back to Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Access to the beach and beach boxes was closed during the works contracted by the Department of Environment, Land, water and Planning (DELWP).

“The temporary works involved placing large rocks and a geotextile at the foot of the cliff to prevent high tides from further eroding the bottom of the cliff, and to provide protection to the public from the collapsing cliff,” DELWP program manager planning approvals Cassandra Philippou said.

“The works will provide interim protection as the department plans for the long-term safety and stability of the cliff face.”

On Thursday last week there was effectively no sand in front of the beach boxes, forcing walkers to scramble around the back where the high tide lapped up against the rocks.

First published in the Mornington News – 23 October 2018

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