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Foster Beach seawall repairs begin

• Both ends of the Foster Beach seawall are being repaired in a jointly-funded South Gippsland Shire Council and Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) project.

WORKS to repair crumbling parts of the seawall at Foster Beach began last week.

Older rock and concrete sections at both the western and eastern ends of the seawall, built to replace an earlier slabbed timber seawall some 60 years ago, have been damaged by tide action and the weather.

These sections of the seawall were identified as a public risk by both the South Gippsland Shire Council and by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

South Gippsland Shire engineering coordinator Paul Challis said the failing sections were being removed and the material would be re-used as a new base for smaller rock revetment walls to protect the central concrete section of seawall.

The works are currently being carried out at the site by a contractor and are expected to be completed around the middle of September 2021, depending on the tides..

The total project cost is about $60,000 and has been jointly funded by the Shire and DELWP.

The Foster Beach seawall is a standalone stone and concrete structure and is not connected to the earthen coastal levee system that protects farming properties lying adjacent to the Corner Inlet coastline from flooding.

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