Save Our Beach

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

SOME still think the beach will al­ways be re­stored nat­u­rally each year, but they are ill-in­formed and not armed with the facts.

The ob­vi­ous fact is that ocean ingress is in­cre­men­tally wors­en­ing.

Since I have been tak­ing pho­tos, do­ing my own pri­vate mon­i­tor­ing, this year is the worst ero­sion I have seen since my orig­i­nal coastal en­vi­ron­ment and so­lar study re­port I did back in 2004.

The coun­cil is ap­par­ently keep­ing a "watch­ing brief” when it should be de­sign­ing and plan­ning for re­silience to our fore­shore now.

Un­for­tu­nately, small lo­cal gov­ern­ment precincts can be vul­ner­a­ble to nar­row think­ing, silly di­vi­sions and ac­tion paral­y­sis. Un­for­tu­nately Mother Na­ture is not so petty when re­al­ity hits.

It is not a mat­ter of SOS, it is a mat­ter of SOB (Save Our Beach).

GARRY BAVERSTOCK, Cottesloe

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