Beachgoers in Loch Sport and Walkerville will have safer access to coastal areas thanks to the Victorian Government’s $500,000 Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP said: “A total of 12 coastal Crown land managers will receive grants to develop and implement projects that reduce coastal risk and improve public access.”

“This funding will be used to support works such as renewing fencing, rebuilding access tracks, repairing coastal structures, geotechnical risk assessments and coastal erosion mitigations,” Ms Garrett said.

In Gippsland, the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program has funded two projects:

• Loch Sport Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. – $47,888.00
Realignment of Eroded Foreshore Walking Track at Seagull Drive and The Boulevard

• Walkerville Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. – $22,565.00
Walkerville South Coastal Access Tracks Rebuild and Repair

“The Victorian Government recognises the important responsibility coastal land managers have in balancing protection of the environment with community enjoyment of these spaces,” Ms Garrett said.

“These projects will help reduce risks to marine and coastal environments while improving public access, leading to mutual benefits for the community and the environment.”

The Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program is funded by the Victorian Government through the $2.7 billion Building Works package that is supporting jobs and investment across Victoria and helping local communities bounce back from the economic impacts of the Coronavirus.

Through the Building Works Package, the Government is delivering more than $11 million to safeguard marine and coastal environments from the impacts of climate change, including $3 million for coastal infrastructure in Apollo Bay.

For a full list of grant recipients, visit