Safety Bay for­got­ten

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

A 2004 re­port, “Sed­i­ment Dy­nam­ics of Warn­bro Sound, Western Aus­tralia” by Ben Hollings of the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia Cen­tre for Wa­ter Re­search stated that ‘The Bent Street boat ramp may be­come cut off from the sound by the de­vel­op­ing sand spit”, once this reaches the Berry Street sand­bar depths will be too small for boats to get out into the sound.

Of all the ex­ist­ing ramps in the area it is ap­par­ent that the June Road boat ramp has the most favourable fu­ture out­look.

It is lo­cated on the north­ern most re­gion of Warn­bro Beach ad­ja­cent to the cen­tral basin.

The coast­line of this area has re­mained static and is not ex­pected to change con­sid­er­ably in the fore­see­able fu­ture.’

This sand ac­cre­tion also has a big im­pact on the con­di­tion of The Pond, which is of con­cern to ratepay­ers.

The coun­cil was made aware of this re­port but coun­cil­lors chose to ig­nore it dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions for the up­grade of the Bent Street Jetty carpark.

As we have seen, the boat chan­nel has to be dredged an­nu­ally at over $300,000 a time.

The re­cent meeting at the jetty did not en­gen­der any con­fi­dence that the coun­cil would ad­dress the con­cerns of ratepay­ers.

The Safety Bay fore­shore, in par­tic­u­lar, The Pond, is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised be­cause of its unique environment for kite and wind­surf­ing and I would have thought the coun­cil would recog­nise this mak­ing its up­grade and the re­pair of its environment a pri­or­ity.

In my opin­ion we in Safety Bay live on the “for­got­ten coast” while the Rock­ing­ham beach­front, 200m long at most, re­ceives mil­lions of dol­lars in fund­ing for up­grades and com­mu­nity events.

Mal McFetridge, Safe­tyBay

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