De­bris, as­bestos warn­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

SWIM­MERS are be­ing told to take a dip else­where be­cause of dan­ger­ous de­bris in­clud­ing as­bestos head­ing north from Sand­tracks and Port beaches, North Fremantle.

‘For your safety, swim­ming at an al­ter­nate beach is rec­om­mended,’ say new Fremantle Coun­cil signs on the beaches and at nearby car parks.

On the nar­row­ing beaches, new lime­stone rocks are in the surf break and rub­ble and pipes have now been ex­posed at man­made dunes next to a de­mol­ished 1960s fuel de­pot.

Other rub­ble, as­bestos, tile shards and rocks from Sand­tracks’ his­toric dumps have moved north along Port to Leighton beaches since Jan­uary, be­fore Com­mu­nity News ex­posed last month how the Fremantle Port Au­thor­ity (FPA) agreed in 1995 to re­move de­bris from its land recla­ma­tion for nearby Rous Head con­tainer yards.

How­ever, that re­quire­ment was miss­ing from the pre­vi­ous State gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval for the recla­ma­tion in 2009.

Daily beach users still want the beaches and dunes cleaned, de­spite be­ing told by coun­cil staff a meet­ing of man­agers had con­cluded the work would be un­eco­nomic.

“Beach­go­ers, who ac­tu­ally read the signs or had them pointed out are an­noyed, dis­ap­pointed and con­fused that City of Fremantle are telling them they shouldn't be here at the beach they have been com­ing to all of their lives,” clean-up cam­paigner Peter Mclarty said.

Fremantle Coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Gra­ham Tat­ter­sall said the beaches would be closed if the daily in­spec­tions deter­mined they were unsafe, and it has asked the De­part­ment Trans­port for a grant for a study to tackle the im­me­di­ate ero­sion risks, but de­bris will be re­moved when re­quired be­cause pre­vi­ous at­tempts had “lim­ited suc­cess”.

An FPA spokes­woman said it and Fremantle Coun­cil had agreed to share the cost of beach in­spec­tions, re­moval of rub­ble, build­ing de­bris and any­thing with as­bestos.

Warn­ing signs are not enough say daily beach users (from left) Paul Martin, Brian Jakovich, Paul Gebbedy, Theo Kon­ing and Myra Stan­bury.

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