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Erosion creeping further

The Sponge Bay carpark is being watched carefully as cliffs continue to be washed into the sea.

Sponge Bay beach has been off limits since last year after erosion left some of the wooden steps leading to the beach hanging in mid-air.

The erosion has worsened, with cracks visible on the edge of the beach carpark.

The closure of the steps means five surf breaks cannot be reached from the beach entry.

Alternative access will be made available through a track with steps to the beach at the far northern end of Sponge Bay, about 50 metres from the existing access.

“The steps have been fenced off and there's signage to ensure the public don't use that access.” a district council spokeswoman said.

Contractors were to remove the damaged section of steps this week, she said.

“The carpark has been inspected and while there has been more erosion as a result of the last rain event, the carpark remains stable, with safety rails in place to ensure public protection.

“The council will continue to monitor the site and if it erodes further, or becomes unstable, we may need to close one half of the carpark.”

Left hanging: Erosion has further undermined the cliff face at the Sponge Bay carpark. The remaining steps to the beach from the carpark were to be removed this week. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Erosion at Sponge Bay.
Sponge Bay Erosion: Erosion at Sponge Bay. Picture by Liam Clayton