Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club beach access ramp

A wave at Jan Juc crashing near the shoreline.  The wet sand is visible in the bottom right of the image, the blu sky in the background.

Project background

We’re working with the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club to improve the beach access ramp and provide safer access for lifesavers, pedestrians and maintenance vehicles and equipment.

During initial discussions with key stakeholders, we identified the risk of suitable emergency access, damage to vehicles navigating the existing ramp with lifesaving equipment trailers and slips or trips by members of public entering and existing the beach.

To address these risks, a new vehicle entry ramp to the beach is proposed at the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club beach access point.

Proposed design changes will remain focussed on accessibility and functionality to provide safer access for lifesavers, pedestrians and maintenance vehicles and equipment.

Works are supported by our Draft Point Impossible to Jan Juc Masterplan 2020-25, which identified actions for upgrading access and movement at the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club.

The project is jointly funded by the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and Coastal Environment Program Public Access and Risk Funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. These works are also supported by the Great Ocean Road Visitor Experience Uplift grant from the Victorian Government.

Jan Juc SLSC beach access ramp - August 2022

Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club beach access ramp - BEFORE
Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club beach access ramp - BEFORE
Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club beach access ramp - BEFORE
Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club beach access ramp - BEFORE

Project Update – November 2022

We are working through potential design changes to the beach access ramp adjacent Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club with the aim of reducing the risk of coastal hazards such as erosion and the future impacts of climate change. Changes would consider reducing the extent of which the ramp travels out towards Jan Juc Creek. 

Any proposed design changes will remain focussed on accessibility and functionality to provide safer access for lifesavers, pedestrians and maintenance vehicles and equipment. Construction on the ramp will not begin until after June 2023. We will provide further information once designs have been updated.

Concept design

A maritime engineer with over 20 years of experience in marine and coastal projects has been engaged to produce the beach access ramp design, based on the predicted impacts of climate change.

The ramp is primarily designed for the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club’s all-terrain vehicles, with the ability to hold larger 4WD vehicles (under risk assessment) in emergency situations or when undertaking maintenance activities.

The ramp design includes non-slip surface with handrails to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.

Materials have been selected based on safety and sustainability. Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) has been selected as the preferred decking material due to its durability and non-slip properties. Sustainable FSC certified hardwood will be used for the structural elements and sustainable FSC certified softwood will be used for handrails and kick-rails.

The design life of the structure is a minimum of 25 years, with softwood handrails requiring replacement after approximately 15 years. Similar structures and materials have recently been put into place at the Wye River Surf Lifesaving Club and our Anglesea Family Caravan Park. These new structures have been working effectively and have received positive feedback from local communities.

Feedback from key project stakeholders will help to inform the final design, which is expected to be completed in September 2022.  

What engagement has been done to date

In July – August 2022, key project stakeholders and partners will be engaged to provide input into the Jan Juc beach access ramp concept design. Feedback will inform the final design, which is expected to be completed in September 2022.

Draft Point Impossible to Jan Juc Masterplan

The Draft Point Impossible to Jan Juc Masterplan 2020-25 was informed by community and stakeholder engagement conducted over summer 2019. The engagement identified several themes and proposed improvements to be considered in developing the Draft Masterplan, this project implements action items from plan 6 of the Draft Masterplan. 

What we heard

Community and stakeholder consultation on the initial issues and opportunities identified five priorities:

  1. Protect environmental values
  2. Address the pressures of development, population and visitation growth
  3. Address conflicts in beach use and access
  4. Manage and adapt to risks of climate change, including erosion and inundation
  5. Improve circulation path networks, and all abilities access, to and around the foreshore.  
Further information

If you have further comments or questions about the project, please speak with our team at info@greatoceanroadauthority.vic.gov.au or call 1300 736 533.