Lion’s share of funds for Wan­neroo

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Laura Pond

THE City of Wan­neroo is the big­gest win­ner in State coastal pro­tec­tion fund­ing for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

The State Government an­nounced to­day it would re­ceive $424,000 of the $757,000 fund­ing avail­able from the Coastal Adap­ta­tion and Pro­tec­tion Grant scheme.

This will be used for two “ur­gent projects” – $299,000 has been al­lo­cated to con­struct a 60m rock groyne at Queen­scliff Park at Quinns Beach and $125,000 to re­in­state safe beach ac­cess near Sov­er­eign Drive in Two Rocks.

Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors adopted the Quinns Beach long-term coastal man­age­ment de­tailed de­sign at the April 4 meet­ing, which ap­proved con­struc­tion of a fourth groyne, beach re-nour­ish­ment and con­struc­tion of a beach ac­cess ramp in 2017-18 at a cost of $2.2 mil­lion.

At the same meet­ing, they en­dorsed build­ing a beach ac­cess stair­case and view­ing plat­form at Two Rocks beach at an ex­pected cost of $250,000.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port grants pro­vide up to 50 per cent of the to­tal cost of a coastal pro­tec­tion project.

The City also re­ceived the largest share in last year’s pro­gram – $300,000 for early works as­so­ci­ated with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pre­ferred long-term coastal man­age­ment op­tion for the Quinns Rocks coast­line.

But­ler MLA John Quigley said he was com­mit­ted to do­ing all he could to pro­tect coastal ameni­ties, re­pair coastal ero­sion and work­ing closely with Mayor Tracey Roberts and the City of Wan­neroo.

“Our coast­line is an in­te­gral part of the life­style in the elec­torate of But­ler,” he said.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the pro­gram was im­por­tant to fos­ter stronger part­ner­ships with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and pro­vide sup­port, in­clud­ing coastal en­gi­neer­ing guid­ance from depart­ment spe­cial­ists.

“The 10 lo­cal projects funded in the lat­est round are vi­tal in gain­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of coastal pro­cesses and en­sur­ing that pub­lic as­sets are pro­tected from the impacts of ocean forces in the fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d470783

But­ler MLA John Quigley is pleased that the City re­ceived the fund­ing.

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