Stairs, boardwalks, ramps and tracks – that’s a lot of maintenance.


Did you know that the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee manages over 80 beach access points between Torquay and Lorne?  Stairs, boardwalks, ramps and tracks that lead visitors to some of the most popular beaches in Australia.

Our coastal environment is unique and ever changing due to the tide, wind, storms, and climate change. As the sands shift we must also adapt to keep up with nature.

That’s a lot of maintenance throughout the year and at Whites Beach this week our foreshore rangers were busy repairing a set of beach access stairs near Aquilla Avenue, Torquay.

Exposure to the elements had weathered sections of timber in the stairs, and shifting sands at the base of the structure meant that support poles needed reinforcing. The timber in the landing has now been replaced with fresh timber, and the support poles have been reinforced with crossbars for extra stability as the sands shift over time.

Our rangers are a busy team who come from a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are skilled carpenters, horticulturalists, and land managers. One thing they all share in common however is a passion for the surf coast and arguably the best office in the world.

 

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Foreshore Rangers John and Darryl prepare the timber for the new landing.
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Due to weathering and general wear and tear the landing is being replaced with new timber.
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The support poles have been reinforced and strengthened with crossbars for extra stability as the sands move.

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