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Senior CSIRO scientist Kathy McInnes at the site of erosion at Venus Bay. CREDIT:RICK BAILEY

Oceans rising: can we save our collapsing coastline?

Victoria, Australia - Summer at Inverloch surf beach is supposed to be about waves, sun and fun. But for locals, the beach is also a cause of increasing angst. Dramatic erosion has seen the foreshore at the local surf lifesaving club recede a remarkable 33 metres since 2012.

Twice the club moved its observation tower inland to escape the creeping ocean. Now the tower is on skids so it can be relocated without a rebuild.

Nearby, the dunes have eroded to the point that the sea is just metres from the low-lying coast road. Beyond the road and tea trees, are hundreds of houses and increasingly anxious homeowners.

While erosion has been unusual at the surf beach, the adjoining beach at the mouth of Andersons Inlet has accreted (advanced) at a similar rate.

Locals and scientists are joining forces with local council and the state government to try and understand the much-discussed changes at Inverloch seaside.

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