MOYNE Shire will seek financial help from the state government to urgently fix a sand dune threatened by rising sea levels.
Sheets of iron, glass and plastic bags are buried beneath the dune — a former tip site at the far end of East Beach which is being eroded by aggressive tides.
The Port Fairy Coastal Community Challenge group and Moyne Shire Council have been setting markers in the area to measure the encroaching sea.
Moyne environmental service director Oliver Moles said the rate of ocean’s approach at the dune was ahead of the rest of the coastline.
“It’s been a metre a month over the last three months compared to the rest of the beach, which has been around 300 millimetres a year,” Mr Moles said.
But he said there was no cause for alarm over debris inside the dune.
“There is no emergency at this stage. Evidence from work that we’ve done last year shows that material at the base of the dune is coming out at one point only.”
Moyne is now looking to find out why the ocean is washing away the dune compared with the rest of East Beach.
Mr Moles said the council was also preparing submissions to make to the state government for financial assistance to save the dune.
The tip sits next to another troubled dune area — the night soil site — where sewage and refuse was dumped early last century.
Mr Moles said the Department of Environment and Primary Industries had hired contractors to remove waste from the dune when it occasionally spilled onto the beach.
In April the shire released a detailed report plotting sea level rises along 22 kilometres in and around the township over the coming century.