Bass Coast Shire Council recently completed work on the construction of eight new timber groynes at the Cowes East foreshore.
Over the past decade, erosion has increased along the Cowes foreshore and the existing groynes had degraded and were no longer fully functioning in their role to help control erosion and maintain a sandy beach. They were also a risk to the safety of beach users.
The new groynes will help to maintain a sandy beach by trapping sand as it is moved along the coast by waves and currents and will help to protect the foreshore, including the beach, dunes and public access points from erosion.
The total project was completed at a cost of $826,000, which was fully funded by a grant from the Federal Government.
Construction of a new 300 metre rock seawall to replace the existing deteriorated vertical timber and timber/rock seawalls will begin in February.