Erosion ‘stop-gap’

A $30,000 State Government allocation to address coastal erosion at Post Office Rock is a “stop-gap” measure before parts of Beachport slip into the sea, Wattle Range Council says.

While welcoming the SA Coast Protection Board funding, council engineering director Peter Halton said the money, which will be used to repair the Post Office Rock causeway, was “just buying us time”.

An independent report found it was “almost certain” the ocean would break through the causeway and breach Bowman’s Scenic Drive, with council allocating $45,000 earlier this year to reinstate the causeway where it has eroded.

Mr Halton said erosion had and would continue to affect the frontal dune system and a separation between land and Post Office Rock had occurred.

He said the State Government funding would assist council in attempting to combat further degradation of the area, but stressed it was not a permanent solution.

“Council will put some additional rocks between the separation of the land and Post Office Rock, but this is only a stop gap,”

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