Van­dals dam­age road fences

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

On­go­ing in­ci­dents of van­dal­ism to tem­po­rary fenc­ing erected to stop ero­sion on White­hill Road in Drum­mond Cove are caus­ing frus­tra­tion among the com­mu­nity as the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton is left to foot the re­pair bill.

The fenc­ing has re­peat­edly been cut open or knocked over to en­able ve­hi­cle ac­cess to the area since it was in­stalled in July last year, prompt­ing the City to urge per­pe­tra­tors to stop.

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Ross McKim said al­though the fenc­ing cut off ac­cess be­tween the John Bat­ten Com­mu­nity Hall and Drum­mond Cove Road, it was an im­por­tant com­mu­nity safety mea­sure.

“The City un­der­took sand nour­ish­ment along White­hill Road north of John Bat­ten Com­mu­nity Hall as a tem­po­rary mea­sure to mit­i­gate fur­ther ero­sion of the site while a com­mu­nity-wide coastal adap­ta­tion plan was de­vel­oped,” he said.

“As the road was al­most com­pletely eroded and could no longer be utilised as such we had to fence the site to en­sure the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to the area didn’t put them­selves at risk.

“Un­til a long-term so­lu­tion to the ero­sion of White­hill Road is iden­ti­fied and im­ple­mented, the fences will have to stay in place.”

The City will take com­mu­nity so­lu­tions for coastal ero­sion so­lu­tions at coastal plan­ning work­shops at the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Cen­tre to­mor­row.

Picture: Drum­mond Cove Progress As­so­ci­a­tion

Dam­age to pro­tec­tive fenc­ing.

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