Beaches made safer
FREMANTLE Council will cut pipes and dig out concrete which poses a danger to surfers to make North Fremantle’s Sandtracks and Port beaches safer after severe storm erosion.
“The dangerous industrial infrastructure will be removed when we can get machinery in there, and we’ll continue to monitor the dangers,” council park and landscapes manager Ryan Abbott said.
The council is protecting the remaining shore, the Port Beach car park and Coast Restaurant after storm surges since January consumed already heavily eroded dunes and left beaches polluted with debris and rubble.
The swells also washed away more dunes, paths and part of the car park last month, prompting beach closures .
This month, the council installed about 500 tones of limestone boulders to protect the southern end of a small beach south of the car park. Old industrial concrete and pipes were also removed, and some of the artificial dunes made less steep.
Mr Abbott said the works would protect beach infrastructure for three to five years. On the cards is a three-year study to get State Government Coastal Asset Protection Grants for solutions lasting 100 years.
He said any long-term work at Sandtracks, which was the source of beach debris and rubble in summer, had yet to be discussed.
Beach entrances north of Coast and the nearby toilet block could be reopened soon.
Choices to protect the Coast Restaurant could include rock walls and sand bagging, but Mr Abbott did not consider retreating inland to be a solution as there are many community uses of the foreshore.