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Beach Monitoring Project


Whole beach measurement - 12 December 3pm

Beach monitoring is a major project for the Port Fairy Coastal Group.  The monitoring provides detailed information to Moyne Shire Council and State Government Agencies for use in developing a response to erosion and predicted rises in sea level.


Every six weeks we use a drone to accurately measure beach profiles along 4km of East Beach. The table to the right illustrates recent changes against historic data see here for explanation, or here for historic data. 

Recent Storm Damage

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Above - Collapsed dune and vegetation behind rock wall

Below - Damaged wooden barrier at eastern end of rock wall


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The images below show sand loss in red and gain in blue on East Beach between Connolly street and the rock wall in front of the old tip following storm in early September. 



On his retirement as Chairman, PFCG would like to thank Nick Abbott for his long years of hard work, establishing and then maintaining the group. Please read find his Chairman's Report for 2023 here. At the same time PFCG would like to welcome Pat Davitt as the new Chairman, elected at the AGM on 28th September 2023.

Other reports from PFCG AGM 2023

Technical Report by David Bills-Thompson

Dr Blake Allan's report

Drone training in November

The good news is that it looks likely that PFCG is to get it's own drone once again and new  drone training sessions will be announced for November.

ABC report on coastal erosion


PFCG is always on the lookout for enthusiastic new recruits to join our beach monitoring sessions. If you are interested contact us  to find out more.



Our collection of photographs reflect the diversity of views of our esturary and coastline.

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Quick Summary Table


Year 6 School Science project

Year 6 Science Project

Next Monitoring sessions -TBC

Once or twice a term students from local primary schools join PFCG and help measure sand levels at Pea Soup and South Beach. Drones cannot be used to measure sand levels on these beaches so a laser is used to make transverse and longitudinal measurements. 


The council uses the data to inform its coastal protection and rehabilitation work.


St Patrick's Primary School and Port Fairy Consolidated School are currently involved with this project

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