Safety Bay forgotten
A 2004 report, “Sediment Dynamics of Warnbro Sound, Western Australia” by Ben Hollings of the University of Western Australia Centre for Water Research stated that ‘The Bent Street boat ramp may become cut off from the sound by the developing sand spit”, once this reaches the Berry Street sandbar depths will be too small for boats to get out into the sound.
Of all the existing ramps in the area it is apparent that the June Road boat ramp has the most favourable future outlook.
It is located on the northern most region of Warnbro Beach adjacent to the central basin.
The coastline of this area has remained static and is not expected to change considerably in the foreseeable future.’
This sand accretion also has a big impact on the condition of The Pond, which is of concern to ratepayers.
The council was made aware of this report but councillors chose to ignore it during deliberations for the upgrade of the Bent Street Jetty carpark.
As we have seen, the boat channel has to be dredged annually at over $300,000 a time.
The recent meeting at the jetty did not engender any confidence that the council would address the concerns of ratepayers.
The Safety Bay foreshore, in particular, The Pond, is internationally recognised because of its unique environment for kite and windsurfing and I would have thought the council would recognise this making its upgrade and the repair of its environment a priority.
In my opinion we in Safety Bay live on the “forgotten coast” while the Rockingham beachfront, 200m long at most, receives millions of dollars in funding for upgrades and community events.
Mal McFetridge, SafetyBay