Beaches erosion study
MOSMAN Park and Fremantle councils are working together to study erosion along their shared port, Leighton and Mosman Park beaches, and find out what people want from the southern suburbs’ regional beach.
“Erosion and flooding of coastal areas, particularly during major storm events, have the potential to significantly impact coastal development and enjoyment, but remediating beach erosion is a huge financial burden on councils and one where we have very little ability to control,” Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris said.
His council has 600m of dog beach increasingly used by swimmers, runners and walkers as Perth population expands, but the beach’s shoreline cliff is a former dump site potentially affected by slippage and beach erosion.
After a recent successful funding application to the WA Planning Commission, the councils were given $50,000 to study erosion and storm risk along 3km from Rous Head to Cables surf break.
In the study, community consultation will be conducted to understand what people valued about the beaches, who used the foreshores and how they wanted them protected.
Fremantle has long-term plans for more development south of the Leighton apartments serviced by North Fremantle railway station.
Heavy storm erosion continues to expose dunes near the Port Beach Café after land reclamation at nearby Rous Head.
“There’s no doubt that having man-made structures affect accretion of sand, and that’s why we need to have this study so we can have better planning in the future,” Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said.
Users at all three beaches will be interviewed.
Online surveys are at www.fremantle.wa.gov.au and www.mosmanpark.wa.gov.au until August 15.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris want a joint study of their shared beaches.