Hidden costs of discrimination
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.