Wild seas close access points at Lady Bay beaches

Warrnambool is facing a damage bill of more than $260,000 after pounding seas destroyed beach access points around Lady Bay.

Stairs at Worm Bay and Moyjil (Point Ritchie) are closed and a ramp north of the Pavilion have also been battered by wild weather.

Warrnambool City Council city infrastructure director Scott Cavanagh said the council was now looking at more durable options for beach access stairs, rather than just replicating what was already there.

“The beach access steps at Worm Bay were damaged in recent days,” he said. “And one of the sets of steps at Moyjil was severely damaged last year.”

The state government will fund repairs to the steps at Worm Bay ($22,000) and Moyjil ($121,000).

The council will fund $120,000 for repairs to the ramp, which is mostly used by the yacht club, horse trainers and council maintenance crews.

However, Mr Cavanagh said work could not begin until conditions improved.

“Right now is a difficult time to be on the beach carrying out maintenance,” he said.

“Recent erosion has created steep-sided dunes which are more prone to collapse so we are asking people to stay clear of the dunes for now.

“For safety reasons we have closed the access points at Worm Bay and Moyjil until we have renewed infrastructure in place.”