The Altona foreshore is set to receive a $2.1 million upgrade to protect it from the damaging effects of climate change, including sea level rise and the increased intensity of storm events.
A new pedestrian access ramp will be built to access the foreshore at Millers Road, and a vehicle access ramp will be built opposite Bent Street. The seawalls in both locations will be raised to meet 2070 climate change standards.
Joint Environmental Sustainability Portfolio Holder and Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Jonathon Marsden said that these works were the next phase in a longer term project to protect our foreshore from the impacts of climate change.
“According to the CSIRO, the sea level in Altona and Williamstown is expected to rise by at least 8cm by 2030 and 39cm by 2070 so we are taking a proactive approach and building the infrastructure that we will need to protect our community now,” said Cr Marsden.
“These works are a continuation of our seven year foreshore protection project, which will see a number of changes along the Altona and Seaholme foreshore, including raising the seawall and extending it to Apex Park, consolidating our foreshore access points, renourishing the beach and upgrading drainage outfalls.
“This is part of our broader action to build our community’s ability to adapt to climate change.”
Joint Environmental Sustainability Portfolio Holder Cr Sandra Wilson said that areas along the Altona and Seaholme foreshore are suffering from erosion and could no longer provide adequate protection against flooding during high tides and storms.
“Raising the seawall in Altona and Seaholme is an absolute must to protect our residents and our city’s assets,” said Cr Wilson.
“However, we will not compromise the amenity of the area or access to the well-loved beach, which is why we have opted for a design that will improve accessibility for a range of user groups, allowing them to enjoy the popular Flemings Pool swimming spot and to take advantage of our wonderful all-access beach matting at the Bent Street site.
“The designs include a viewing platform with seating for those seeking a rest away from the shared pathway, concrete tiered seating facing the ocean and a ramp leading directly onto the foreshore.
“At Flemings Pool, access requirements for kayakers, canoeists, stand-up paddle boarders, snorkelers and swimmers have been included in the design.
“We are proud to be investing this money in infrastructure which will help our community make the most of our important seaside assets now and for many decades into the future.”