Time to learn coastal lessons

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION - Tony Har­ri­son, Lit­tle Grove

In re­la­tion to the con­struc­tion of the new groyne at Fish­eries Beach at Bre­mer Bay, I would like to ask the cur­rent min­is­ter for trans­port and coastal engi­neers con­nected to the project the same ques­tion I asked Alan­nah MacTier­nan back in 2004 be­fore they built the groyne at Dis­cov­ery Bay/Whale World.

Why are you go­ing to build some­thing that is go­ing to stuff up? I can­not see the logic. Ms MacTier­nan could not an­swer my ques­tion and I doubt if any­one con­nected with this Bre­mer Bay project can an­swer my ques­tion ei­ther.

The pro­posed groyne will now cause more prob­lems for the Shire of Jer­ra­mungup and the peo­ple that use that beach.

Ero­sion will con­tinue at the other end of that beach, only a lot quicker now.

This sand will de­posit all along the rock groyne un­til it reaches the end, then the ex­cess sand will carry on around the groyne and con­tinue to fill in on the other side of the groyne and the boat ramp.

This should hap­pen in two to four years time.

In about five to 10 years a sand bank will be form­ing right about where all the fish­ing boats are an­chored now.

This will hap­pen at Bre­mer Bay and I can guar­an­tee not one per­son is go­ing to be game enough to put their hand up and say that they will ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for the prob­lem. They will all tell you that they got ap­proval from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Authority and this project is done in ac­cor­dance to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act and the Dump­ing at Sea Act.

This has all hap­pened be­fore in Al­bany’s King George Sound and Princess Royal Har­bour and they still haven’t learnt their lessons.

We, the tax­pay­ers, are pay­ing their wages.

5 No won­der the coun­try is go­ing broke.

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