LET'S ACT NOW TO SAVE FRANKSTON'S BEACHES
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Frankston Beach Association Inc is an environmental group which has been working for over 30 years "to preserve the beach for all to use".
Frankston’s beautiful beaches attract over one million visitors a year for recreation, swimming and wellbeing. They are Frankston’s number one natural asset. Frankston Council plans to build a breakwater off Olivers Hill , "a rock wall with a road on top for emergency vehicle access" jutting way out into the bay, costing many millions of dollars. We believe the project is being undertaken without adequate studies over sufficient time to ascertain the full impact of littoral drift and other changes to Frankston, Daveys Bay and Seaford beaches. Expert coastal scientific and engineering opinion is that physical and computer modelling is needed over MANY SEASONS, not mere WEEKS for the hydrographic survey planned by Council.
THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE MUST BE ADOPTED. Council must undertake every necessary professional study to ensure the ongoing viability and protection of the marine environment, ecosystems, coastal processes, cultural and heritage values, aesthetics, vistas, recreation, tourism and water based activities
Other bay beaches have been damaged by construction of breakwaters including Sandringham, Brighton, Hampton and Middle Park. We must learn from the mistakes made by other Councils.
Frankston ratepayers will not be willing to bear ongoing costs for sand replenishment and beach rejuvenation and will hold Frankston Council accountable if the beaches are damaged.
WE SAY NO TO THE BREAKWATER at least until proper coastal scientific and engineering processes and physical modelling data show unequivocally that Frankston beach environments will be unspoilt.
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE OUR BEACHES.
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