PETERBOROUGH residents have made a plea to Moyne Shire to repair damaged steps leading down to the town’s main beach before an influx of summer tourists.
Storms last month swept away soil and rocks supporting the steps that are the main access point to beach.
The town’s popular boat ramp is also out of action with no indication yet on when it will be fixed.
Peterborough resident Michael Moore told Moyne councillors they risked sending tourists elsewhere unless beach access was properly restored.
“Underneath the access path to the beach is collapsing. They had to close the access path down to the beach so it’s become urgent that something is done about it,” Mr Moore said.
“The boat access to the beach has been washed away by the rain.”
Chief executive David Madden said the project had been deferred because of budget constraints.
“The program was not removed by staff in the budget,” he said.
“Council did not find room for it in the budget that was adopted.”
Mr Madden said council’s hands were tied over fixing the boat ramp.
“It’s on Crown land but we’re the committee of management. We are aware of the damage.”
Mayor Jim Doukas called on the state government to fix the ramp. “It’s time the state government put their hand in their pocket,” he said.
“Summer is coming. The government should step it up.”
Moyne Shire manager of environment Robert Gibson said there was no timeline on when the steps would be fixed.
“Our engineers are exploring options at the moment. It’s really going to depend on the solution and how much it costs,” Mr Gibson said