Hid­den costs of dis­crim­i­na­tion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE City of Fre­man­tle is get­ting ready for more po­ten­tial ero­sion at Port Beach in North Fre­man­tle this week.

“City staff will con­tinue to closely mon­i­tor Port Beach, in­clud­ing daily checks on the con­di­tion of dunes,” a coun­cil spokesman said.

The City has spent up to $40,000 on car park and dune rock walls since storm dam­age closed the beach and high­lighted ero­sion of the shore­line last month.

More north­west and westerly winds up to 35 knots and three-me­tre swells are fore­cast un­til Wed­nes­day, but an off­shore win­ter sand­bank may of­fer some pro­tec­tion. The spokesman said the coun­cil would take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion if bad weather fur­ther dam­aged the beach.

How­ever, beach­go­ers may face sev­eral more sum­mers of rub­ble and de­bris from ad­ja­cent Sand­tracks Beach.

“The rub­ble on Port Beach is a his­tor­i­cal is­sue that arises from time to time de­pend­ing on the pre­vail­ing coastal con­di­tions, and it’s sim­ply not pos­si­ble at this stage to say to what ex­tent this may con­tinue to be an is­sue over the next few years,” City of Fre­man­tle in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Gra­ham Tat­ter­sall said.

In 2004, a Depart­ment of Trans­port re­port said dumped dredg­ing ma­te­rial ex­tended Port Beach up to 200m off­shore from 1890 to 1970, on which now sits roads, the car park and in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing Coast Restau­rant.

Fre­man­tle is now con­duct­ing a three-year coastal hazard risk man­age­ment and adap­ta­tion plan­ning study (CHRMAP), in part for State Govern­ment coast grants but also to de­ter­mine to “de­fend or re­treat” in­land.

“The study is not in­tended to be a spe­cific re­sponse to the on­go­ing is­sues with rub­ble on Port Beach,” Mr Tat­ter­sall said. AN in­spir­ing dis­cus­sion on so­cial in­clu­sion to be led by 2018 WA Aus­tralian of the Year Tracy Wester­man will be streamed live on­line after all tick­ets to the sym­po­sium at UWA were snapped up in ad­vance.

The event, ti­tled So­cial In­clu­sion’s Role on Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing, and or­gan­ised by Aus­pire – Aus­tralian Day Coun­cil WA, will ex­plore how a more in­clu­sive Aus­tralia would in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and har­mony.

A Deakin Univer­sity re­search project found ex­clu­sion and dis­crim­i­na­tion had cost the Aus­tralian econ­omy $450 bil­lion from 2001-11.

Thought lead­ers in­clud­ing Dr Wester­man will talk about the ef­fect so­cial ex­clu­sion has on so­ci­etal well­be­ing and how all peo­ple can con­trib­ute to an in­clu­sive Aus­tralia.

Dr Wester­man re­ceived her hon­our for her work de­vel­op­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal tests that iden­tify Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple at early stages of men­tal health and sui­cide risk.

She has trained more than 22,000 clin­i­cians in cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate psy­cho­log­i­cal ap­proaches.

Shalom House founder Peter Lyn­don-James, re­la­tion­ships and in­clu­sion con­sul­tant Katie Curo, UWA in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity strate­gist Fadzi Whande and UWA Cen­tre for So­cial Im­pact se­nior re­search fel­low Lisa Wood will join Dr Wester­man on the panel.

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