New fence dam­aged in storm

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

WARNBRO res­i­dent Neil Mul­li­gan has raised con­cerns about the City of Rock­ing­ham erect­ing a fence along the beach near the Capella Pass carpark and Fen­dam Street.

He said the 500m fence was com­pleted two weeks ago but half of it was torn down dur­ing storms on the week­end.

Mr Mul­li­gan said a sim­i­lar fence along the stretch of coast had been buried by sand.

“I would have thought this new fence will suf­fer the same fate. Why put it there?” he said.

“It will not stop peo­ple from go­ing into the sand hills. It’s folly to build it in the first place.

“As a ratepayer I get in­censed by some of the de­ci­sions made by the coun­cil.”

Mr Mul­li­gan said com­mon sense did not al­ways pre­vail when the “pub­lic purse” was con­cerned.

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said re­serve fenc­ing helped de­mar­cate nat­u­ral ar­eas and pre­sented them as im­por­tant ecosys­tems that re­quire pro­tec­tion.

“The nat­u­ral move­ment of the dunes over time had re­sulted in the old fence line be­com­ing in­un­dated with sand and veg­e­ta­tion and it was past the point of be­ing sal­vaged,” he said.

“A new fence line was es­tab­lished to de­lin­eate the dunes and pro­vide pro­tec­tion for the coastal veg­e­ta­tion.

“Ex­tra-long posts set well below the soil level were pur­pose­fully used for the new fence in­stal­la­tion in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a re­duc­tion in the beach pro­file dur­ing win­ter months.

“The aim was to main­tain the fence’s in­tegrity through rais­ing or low­er­ing of the fence fol­low­ing nat­u­ral ero­sion and ac­cu­mu­la­tion.”

Mr Sam­mels said the sub­stan­tial swell and higher-than-usual tides dur­ing the re­cent storm re­sulted in sig­nif­i­cant ero­sion in a short time frame and a sec­tion of the new fence was sub­se­quently dam­aged.

“Re­pairs have been ar­ranged. The fence post heights will be ad­justed to ac­com­mo­date the cur­rent beach level and miss­ing sec­tions of fence re­in­stated,” he said.

The fence cost $12,300, which in­cluded re­moval of old fenc­ing.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d483341

Neil Mul­li­gan be­lieves fenc­ing along the beach was an ex­pen­sive waste of pub­lic money.

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