The week starting 9 December saw loss of almost all the beach to the promontory from which the breakwater will protrude, see Destruction Gallery. Heavy seas pounded the coast as shown in this Post’s photos, showing swell that boats exiting the so-called ‘safe ocean access’ will meet broadside as they exit the breakwater. Plumes of silt were washed into the seas, with scant action taken by the Environment Protection Authority.
Week 4 starting 4 December saw the continuing destruction. See our Destruction Gallery, and an ironic picture as a boat is retrieved safely from the current ramp, amidst the beach carnage. See In the Media for a catch up on media over the last two weeks. Sediment has been washing off the beach road onto the reef, as shown in photos…
Week 3 of destruction, starting 25 November, saw further covering of the beach in crushed rock. See the 7.30 Report segment that aired on 22 November, and see our Destruction Gallery for sequential photos.
Week 2 of destruction began at Bastion Point on 18 November. We have created a Destruction Gallery to track destruction of the beach and headland. Please contrast this with our Gallery of Bastion Point as it was before this project started. Please see Chris Johnstone’s article in The Age and letters in response on 20 Nov 2013. See Julie Parker’s YouTube of Week 2 destruction and Burying our Beach. The Guardian carried Save our Surf: Battlelines drawn and The Fight to preserve our Surf Break by Jenny Mason. As a last for Week 2, see our Media Release: Protests over coastal destruction at Bastion Point escalates, and YouTube of a rally against East Gippsland Shire Council held on 22 November.
Eighty protestors were asked to move by police from Bastion Point beach today as heavy construction equipment rolled in on 11 November 2013. See our 11 November Media Release on the first day of destruction. Please like our facebook page for daily updates of destruction. See our 12 November Media Release and Youtube vision of a protester close to being crushed by an excavator. Please see also see Media Releases from Surfrider Foundation Australia and VNPA. Media ReleasePlease sign our Letter to the Premier to halt this!
Last week Friends of Mallacoota received a Community Environmental Recognition Award from Environment Victoria, at their 2013 Awards night on 23 October 2013.
Environment Victoria recognised the achievements of ten remarkable groups and individuals from around the state who’ve made an outstanding contribution for the environment through community action.
Friends of Mallacoota received their award for their tireless work in opposing an inappropriate ocean access boat ramp proposal at Bastion Point – see the Environment Victoria Media Release here.
June Drake and Jenny Mason are shown receiving their award from Amanda Nuttall, President of the Board of Environment Victoria.
The ‘consultation’ process for the Environment Effects Statement for the ‘Option 3b’ breakwater and beach road development at Bastion Point is exposed by the 7.30 Report on ABC, 4 October 2013. Watch the 7 minute segment here. See our Media Release.