As bemused locals watch Portsea beach disappear, the Office of Environmental Monitor is uncertain as to the cause of the ongoing erosion. Despite this uncertainty, and against the tide of informed public opinion, the OEM has been reported as ruling out Channel Deepening as a possible cause. Shouldn’t an “independent watchdog” consider all possible options before ruling any out?
These two pics clearly show the ongoing nature of the problem. The correspondent who sent these pics observes: “The Environment boffins keep saying that the erosion of Portsea beach is a natural occurrence that regularly happens. No one wants to admit that the surf is up at Portsea front beach and it has been man made not seasonal.”