Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

YOUR front page story (Sound check, Week­end Courier July 21), showed Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana coun­cil mem­bers.

These peo­ple should have some sort of idea of what the prob­lem is.

Cock­burn Sound is full of mud about 1.5 me­tres deep since the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment made Gar­den Is­land the Navy har­bour.

That was when they made a cause­way from Point Peron to the Cock­burn Sound on the south end of the is­land. This blocked off 85 per cent of the flow of wa­ter through into Cock­burn Sound.

With no flow of wa­ter into the Sound, this al­lowed the mud to build up.

Back in the days of sail­ing from the yacht club at Rock­ing­ham, we lost an M27 yacht which went down in about 60 me­tres of wa­ter. When we got down to the yacht we found the yacht up­right, with the keel sit­ting in 1.5 me­tres of mud.

I would sug­gest the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment rip the cause­way out and build a bridge. That would al­low the wa­ter flow again and clean the mud out of the Cock­burn Sound.

It's re­ally no mys­tery, just com­mon sense. BRUCE MID­DLE­TON Waikiki

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