Altona/Seaholme Foreshore Works

To keep the Altona and Seaholme foreshore protected for years to come, Council is investing $2.3 million in works this financial year. This important work will safeguard the foreshore from the expected effects of climate change.

These works will offer some valuable recreational features, as well as the highest possible standard in community safety in our public and private foreshore areas. After significant investigation and mapping in recent years, Council has developed a ten year plan for these works that will meet State Government requirements, best practice standards and approvals. A number of the projects along the foreshore have already been delivered in the current and previous financial year or are planned for 2018.

There are some elements to the foreshore project that we asked for your feedback, which closed on 5pm on 28 February 2018, you can still view these projects via the below links

To receive updates on this project please click on the stay informed button on the top right of this page.



To keep the Altona and Seaholme foreshore protected for years to come, Council is investing $2.3 million in works this financial year. This important work will safeguard the foreshore from the expected effects of climate change.

These works will offer some valuable recreational features, as well as the highest possible standard in community safety in our public and private foreshore areas. After significant investigation and mapping in recent years, Council has developed a ten year plan for these works that will meet State Government requirements, best practice standards and approvals. A number of the projects along the foreshore have already been delivered in the current and previous financial year or are planned for 2018.

There are some elements to the foreshore project that we asked for your feedback, which closed on 5pm on 28 February 2018, you can still view these projects via the below links

To receive updates on this project please click on the stay informed button on the top right of this page.



  • Raising of the Seawall

    7 months ago

    We will raise the level of the seawall, section by section over the next ten years. New requirements from the State Government mean that all seawalls along foreshore areas need to accommodate for predicted sea level rise and effects of climate change.

    Our iconic seawall will have the same look and design but will be slightly higher.

    We will raise the level of the seawall, section by section over the next ten years. New requirements from the State Government mean that all seawalls along foreshore areas need to accommodate for predicted sea level rise and effects of climate change.

    Our iconic seawall will have the same look and design but will be slightly higher.

  • Drainage Outfalls

    7 months ago
    Drainage outfall extensions and improvements enable stormwater to be carried out to the bay more efficiently by preventing build-up of sand that blocks drainage and creates localised flooding.

    Drainage outfalls have been updated to provide improved drainage and to anchor the sand to the beach as part of our beach renourishment.

    Drainage outfall extensions and improvements enable stormwater to be carried out to the bay more efficiently by preventing build-up of sand that blocks drainage and creates localised flooding.

    Drainage outfalls have been updated to provide improved drainage and to anchor the sand to the beach as part of our beach renourishment.

  • Beach renourishment

    7 months ago

    27,000 tonnes of sand to renourish Altona Beach

    News item release date: Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Council is delivering more than 27,000 tonnes of quarried sand to Altona Beach along the Esplanade, between Maidstone and Sarros Streets to make the beach more accessible, attractive and enjoyable for residents and visitors.

    Deputy Mayor and Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Tony Briffa said these beach renourishment works will preserve and enhance the beach by building up its volume and width with sand, creating a stronger barrier against natural impacts.

    “The sand at Altona Beach is a very fine grain and natural tidal patterns,...

    27,000 tonnes of sand to renourish Altona Beach

    News item release date: Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Council is delivering more than 27,000 tonnes of quarried sand to Altona Beach along the Esplanade, between Maidstone and Sarros Streets to make the beach more accessible, attractive and enjoyable for residents and visitors.

    Deputy Mayor and Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Tony Briffa said these beach renourishment works will preserve and enhance the beach by building up its volume and width with sand, creating a stronger barrier against natural impacts.

    “The sand at Altona Beach is a very fine grain and natural tidal patterns, combined with increasing storm surges and rising sea levels, have changed our beaches over time.”

    Cr Briffa said the works are part of Council’s broader Altona and Seaholme foreshore program that will enhance Hobsons Bay’s beaches and protect the foreshore against expected effects of climate change.

    “Our Altona and Seaholme foreshore includes some of our city’s most well-loved areas and we need to best manage these precious resources amongst the significant environmental changes taking place,” said Cr Briffa.

    “Council is delivering foreshore works at various locations along the 5.3km section of the Altona and Seaholme foreshore.”

    Council’s foreshore works include:

    • slight raising of the iconic seawall in some locations;

    • consolidating and redeveloping pedestrian and vehicle beach access points;

    • beach renourishment; and

    • drainage outfall extensions and upgrades.

    “We thank our community for their patience while this important work is being delivered and every effort will be made to minimise the noise and traffic impacts from these activities.

    “We are confident that being able to enjoy the new and improved Altona Beach once the works are done this July will make it all worthwhile,” said Cr Briffa.

    Funding for the project is a partnership between Council and the State Government, the Victoria’s Iconic Beaches and Coastline: Protection of Victoria’s Beaches Fund.

    The section of beach being renourished between Sarros and Maidstone Streets will be closed to the public and fenced off as a works site. The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists through the duration of the works. While road closures are not required, traffic and pedestrian management will be in place on the Esplanade to stop traffic and path users when required to enable trucks to safely deliver the sand onto the beach.

    For more information, visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/altonaforeshore.


  • Pedestrian and vehicle beach access points

    7 months ago

    Our foreshore seawall has many gaps (access points) and fragile spots in it that compromise its function and can result in localised flooding during storm events.

    After assessing the condition of 22 of these access points, we will close many of these gaps and provide new and improved access points – including seven accessible pedestrian ramps and two vehicle ramps.

    The pedestrian access points will include a pedestrian ramp, a viewing platform with seating, bluestone seawall and tiered steps. The vehicle access points will include bluestone seawall, tiered steps, possibly a shade structure with picnic tables, a vehicle ramp and...

    Our foreshore seawall has many gaps (access points) and fragile spots in it that compromise its function and can result in localised flooding during storm events.

    After assessing the condition of 22 of these access points, we will close many of these gaps and provide new and improved access points – including seven accessible pedestrian ramps and two vehicle ramps.

    The pedestrian access points will include a pedestrian ramp, a viewing platform with seating, bluestone seawall and tiered steps. The vehicle access points will include bluestone seawall, tiered steps, possibly a shade structure with picnic tables, a vehicle ramp and a truck resting platform.