Ac­cess track washed away in five days

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

A man-made sand track that gave ve­hi­cles ac­cess to Ca­ble Beach over Easter has been washed away by high tides af­ter five days.

The Shire of Broome used heavy ma­chin­ery to push sand around rocks that had been ex­posed by stormwa­ter run-off from cy­clones and low-pres­sure sys­tems.

The con­crete ve­hi­cle ac­cess ramp to Ca­ble Beach was sub­se­quently closed for sev­eral weeks for safety rea­sons. It re­opened last Tues­day af­ter the makeshift sand track di­rect­ing traf­fic north of the rocks was com­pleted.

But it fell vic­tim to 10m-plus tides and was com­pletely washed away by Sun­day.

Red Sun Camels owner John Geap­pen said he was pleased the coun­cil had at­tempted to rec­tify the mat­ter.

“Given the difficulty we had ac­cess­ing our camel tour area, this has helped a lot be­cause much of the sand moved into po­si­tion has now set­tled around the rocks, giv­ing ve­hi­cles a safer route through this area,” he said.

John Geap­pen

Shire in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Steven Hard­ing said an en­gi­neer used an earth­works scraper to col­lect a thin layer of sand from other ar­eas of the beach, which was spread us­ing a bob­cat in eroded ar­eas near the rocks and ramp.

He said the Shire had aimed to re­store ac­cess over the Easter long week­end be­cause of in­creased de­mand from res­i­dents and vis­i­tors dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod.

“His­tor­i­cally the nat­u­ral process of tidal move­ment has been suf­fi­cient to re­place eroded sand and this has again been oc­cur­ring in this in­stance,” he said.

“But the ex­cep­tional na­ture of the dam­age this year meant that it was still not back to a safe con­di­tion, prior to work be­ing un­der­taken. It is hoped that suf­fi­cient ad­di­tional sand has been added to the area to cater for any ero­sion.”

Much of the sand moved into po­si­tion has now set­tled around the rocks.

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