Fallen trees block access to the beach

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TREES felled in the October 29 storms are still blocking the public access steps to Daveys Bay Beach, Mount Eliza.

The trees were growing on private property, but the steps are on public land and are maintained by Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Daveys Bay Yacht Club Commodore Leigh Cummin said club members had enjoyed private access to the beach, but members of the public had difficulty climbing over or through fallen trees.

He said the steps had been jammed during one of the club’s busiest times with ‘hundreds of school children visiting for summer sailing programmes’.

Mr Cummin said several trees fell during the storm and a survey of the cliff face would need to be done before the steps could be repaired.

Cr Steve Holland said the county’s cleanup after the county ‘has failed to meet community expectations and people are understandably frustrated’.

He said 64% of the county’s “scheduled work” had been completed by the end of last week.

“The destruction of the Daveys Bay staircase is particularly disruptive,” said Cr Holland.

“I hope access will be restored as soon as possible.

“I will continue to work within the council to ensure that resources are properly allocated to the services that the community reasonably expects us to provide in a timely manner.”

The county has been contacted for comment.

First published in the Mornington News – February 15, 2022

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