On January 23, 2013 the East Gippsland Shire Council was granted consent for its unpopular Option 3b breakwater and beach causeway by Minister for the Environment, Ryan Smith, under the Coastal Management Act (CMA). The East Gippsland Shire Council may now move forward with their plans, as long as they meet guidelines for construction laid out for the project by Minister Smith. View the Minister's press release regarding those conditions, here.
Supporters of Save Bastion Point! and community members of Mallacoota stood together in protest of Option 3B on January 31, 2013 at the site of the proposed beach road at Bastion Point. Members of Save Bastion Point! have also stated publicly the intention to continue to oppose Option 3B. While they have not yet released an action plan for their continued opposition, they have recognized that supporters can visit the East Gippsland Shire Council's webpage, here, and post comments about the plan using the "Rate this Page" function at the bottom of the web page.
Furthermore, you can voice your recommendations, opposition, and comments directly to the EGSC members, the local Victorian media and press outlets, and government officials using their email addresses listed on the Save Bastion Point! website here:
Please consider donating to Save Bastion Point! to help fund the fight to save this iconic wave.
The East Gippsland Shire Council, plans to build a 130m long jetty and boat ramp directly through the break at Bastion Point, a break on the Victoria coast near the town of Mallacoota, a proposal known as “Option 3b.” The most popular break in the area, it has been a primary surfing location for well over 40 years, throughout the year and in all weather conditions. It is regularly used by over 60 local surfers and many hundreds more visiting surfers every year.
Save Bastion Point! has been working continuously for many years to stop this proposal from reaching the approval stage. As recently as September 4th, 2012, East Gippsland Shire Council voted against a motion that essentially asked that Council recognise community opposition to Option 3b, that Council abandon its preference for that option, and that Council give further consideration to the lower impact H2 options. See the motion here. The motion was defeated with 6 councillors voting against, and only 2 voting for it.
Earlier this year in April, the EGSC appeared to have taken the latest consultation with the public to heart, after 87% of respondents to the review rejected the breakwater and beach road proposal. However, 7 months later the EGSC have simply submitted this same unpopular proposal for consent to construct under Victoria's Coastal Management Act. The Minister responsible for a decision is currently consulting Aboriginal groups. Once these talks are over, a 28 day waiting period begins during which the Minister must offer a decision of yes or no.
Bastion Point still stands the real risk of being lost forever. TAKE ACTION. NOW.