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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Caving away by the day

I talked here about beach erosion in WA (Western Australia).  For each centimetre of sea level rise, the beach retreats by one metre.

This is a report about how erosion in a beach town is threatening the Great Ocean Road.  Long stretches of the Great Ocean Road run along steep hillsides and are well above sea level, but there are places where it runs next to the beach.   The charming hamlet of Apollo Bay is one of these places.

Authorities have been accused of inaction as a car park in one of Victoria's premier tourist towns erodes "by the day," potentially threatening one of the state's major touring routes.

Apollo Bay locals have watched for months as the Tuxion Road car park falls into the sand, bringing the sea ever closer to the Great Ocean Road.

Pounding waves during the weekend's storm exacerbated the damage.

Parts of the beachside walking track are gone. There's now only five metres of land before the shoreline reaches the road.

Locals have been watching the section, about two kilometres in length, for a couple of months.

Apollo Bay Bakery co-owner Sally Cannon says the erosion is now progressing at an "alarming" rate.

"The car park is just caving away by the day," she told The Age. "Yesterday there were bollards. Today they're not there."

[Read more here]

This striking photograph sums it up very well.

Damage at the car park on Monday.
Photo: Sally Cannon

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