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SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will be
undertaking necessary road pavement re-
construction works on Koonwarra-Pound
Creek Road commencing January 16.
To facilitate the works a section of road will
be closed to all through traffic from January
16 to 20 (electronic variable message signs
are in place to advise road users).
The closure will take place between Lyons Court
and Wisdoms Road for a length of 600 metres.
Vehicle access will be available to all prop-
erties along Koonwarra-Pound Creek Road
and all side roads during the works.
Engineering coordinator Paul Challis said
although the timing of the works was not ide-
al, it had been determined necessary.
“There are many reasons why it was im-
portant reconstruction works started this
month including the need to do the works
during mid- summer, contractor availability
and, importantly, the requirement to have
the road open when school goes back as it is
a school route,” he said.
“We apologise for any inconvenience
caused and advise motorists to plan ahead
and consider alternate through routes such
as Pound Creek Road or Tarwin Lower Road
during the week long closure. ”
Pound Creek road works
THE Department of Environment, Land, Wa-
ter and Planning (DELWP) is seeking submis-
sions from the public on the proposed plan to
protect the Grantville mangroves.
DELWP is working towards protecting the
Western Port coastline near Grantville from on-
going erosion problems plaguing the beach.
Manager for Environmental Planning for
West Gippsland at DELWP, Mick Dortmans, has
reached out to the community for ideas and
“The Grantville coastline is exposed to on-
going erosion that continues to affect the fore-
shore, native vegetation, public access and the
amenity of the area,” Mick said.
“We are seeking broad community feedback
on a Draft Mangrove Re-establishment Plan
which has been developed to guide the revegeta-
tion of the inter-tidal zone at Grantville.
“Mangroves have been demonstrated to pro -
vide effective protection in many coastal en-
vironments around the world, and trials are
continuing to establish mangrove seedlings in
“It is intended that the planting design will al-
low continued access to the waters of Western
Mangroves were previously present in the
Grantville region, but were then over-harvested
during the 1960s.
Now a program of block planting with gaps is
being planned by DELWP, in order to improve
the natural protection of the coastline while still
maintaining access to the waters of Western
Port from the foreshore.
The planting program is planned to occur in
the next three to four years.
The plants play an important role in the natu-
ral environment, according to Mick.
“Mangroves provide many benefits in the
Western Port environment,” Mick said.
“They are a sustainable, cost-effective solu-
tion to provide coastal stabilisation and deliver
other ecological benefits to the marine ecosys-
In the past, mangrove forests were extensive
along the Western Port foreshores, including
at Grantville, and provided a natural defence
against erosion of the coastline.
It is anticipated that the mangroves will pro-
vide a long term sustainable solution to coastal
erosion in the Grantville area.
The draft plan has been developed follow-
ing consultation with representatives from the
Grantville Foreshore Committee of Manage-
ment, Parks Victoria, the Western Port Seagrass
Partnership (WPSP) and DELWP.
DELWP is seeking community input for the
completion of this plan.
To view the plan and complete a community
input form, go to www.haveyoursay.delwp.vic.
Community feedback will be open until Tues-
day, January 31.
COWES Beach is one of the safest beaches for
swimmers on Phillip Island.
The bay beach features the Cowes Jetty which
is great for fishing and is the berthing spot of
the Inter Island Ferry to French Island and
To the right side of the jetty is Erehwon Point,
a sandy beach with beautiful hills – the perfect
spot for a picnic or to relax and take in the
The grassy hills have shelters with electric
barbecues and magnificent golden cypress
trees which provide shade, along with rotundas
and tables and seats.
There are aquabikes and watercraft for hire
on the beach, and an extensive playground.
To the left side of the jetty, the Mussell Rocks
beach also has hills to enjoy the views and ta-
bles and chairs, capped off by a safe swimming
Lifesavers will patrol the beaches until Aus-
tralia Day and the bay beaches are rated as
Restaurants, bars and take away outlets are
just a short stroll away, making it the perfect
spot for fish and chips or a bite on the beach.
Submissions are now being sought from the public to help formulate a plan to protect and
rehabilitate the Grantville mangrove population.
Help replant the
LIFE’S A BEACH
Enjoy Cowes’ beaches
Police nab morning drink driver
POLICE have been busy testing thousands of
drivers throughout the Bass Coast and South
Gippsland area over the busy holiday period.
Unfortunately, several drivers have been de-
tected driving under the influence of alcohol
The latest occurred at 10am on Friday, Janu-
ary 6, when a 44 year old male from Inverloch
failed a breath test and returned a reading of
.142 per cent.
His licence was immediately suspended for
14 months and he was fined $661.
Surf Beach theft
BETWEEN 10am and 9pm on Tuesday, Janu-
ary 3, unknown offenders broke into a house
in Surf Beach and stole various electrical items
from the property.
Some alcohol was also stolen.
Knife possession in Cowes
COWES police found a 19 year old male from
Somerville with a knife in his possession on
Wednesday, January 4.
The man was interviewed by police, and will
appear in court at a later date.
Primary school theft
BETWEEN January 1 and January 3, un-
known offenders broke into the Kongwak Pri-
mary School and stole a television and laptop
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