Beaches made safer

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION - Jon Bas­sett

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.

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