Beaches ero­sion study

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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