New warning signs at Portland's Nun's Beach

NEW warning signs will be installed along Portland's Nun's Beach as the Glenelg Shire ramps up its warnings for users of the dangerous stretch of coast. Picture: DAVE LANGLEY

NEW warning signs will be installed along Portland's Nun's Beach as the Glenelg Shire ramps up its warnings for users of the dangerous stretch of coast. Picture: DAVE LANGLEY

NEW warning signs will be installed along Portland's Nun's Beach as the Glenelg Shire ramps up its warnings for users of the dangerous stretch of coast. 

Nineteen new signs will be installed between the Anderson Point steps and Ploughed Field this week- on both the beach and the cliff top. 

The are has been closed since the middle of last year, after heavy winter rain, combined with differing soil types led to landslips, slumps and rockfalls. 

An inspection and signage audit last month stipulated that a series of signs including interpretive, information, hazard and regulatory warnings, were needed at both the entrance to the danger site and across the entire walkway at the top and base of the cliff.

Both the signage audit and the coastal risk assessment was done with reference to five nationally imposed compliance standards, with the large number of signs indicative of the danger posed by this site.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and the Glenelg Shire Council have been working together to manage the risks associated with the rock fall and landslips with a view to re-opening the area as soon as practical.

In February a newly developed path at the top of the cliff, set back from the edge where it had originally been located, was opened.

But, the area between the base of the Nun's Beach steps and the base of the Anderson Point steps will remain closed.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr John Northcott said community safety was always the number one concern for Council and the Department.

“All of the signs give images of the dangers so that the information can be understood by everyone – there is no excuse for people not to follow the direction of these signs," he said. 

A community information event about the area is planned in the coming weeks. Further details about this will be available soon.

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