Storms make im­pact

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

STORM dam­age has ne­ces­si­tated the clo­sure of North Beach jetty and nearby coastal ac­cess points.

The City of Stir­ling closed the jetty in Water­mans Bay af­ter re­cent wild weather to en­able restora­tion works.

The wooden jetty was dam­aged in the storm and its re­fur­bish­ment is also ex­pected to en­tail re­plac­ing age­ing parts.

Parks and sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager Ian Hunter said it would be closed dur­ing June but was ex­pected to re­open in July.

“This will not only im­prove the look and amenity of the jetty, it will help to pre­serve the struc­ture,” he said.

Mr Hunter said the City also closed beach ac­cess points, in­clud­ing stair­cases lead­ing to Met­tams Pool and Water­mans Bay, for safety rea­sons.

“Due to the re­cent storms, large amounts of sand have been washed away from some lo­ca­tions along the coast,” he said.

“As a re­sult, some of the City’s coastal in­fra­struc­ture sup­ported by sand, such as stair­cases and foot­paths, have been af­fected.”

“The City will also con­tinue to re­place its older coastal in­fra­struc­ture (perched on sand), with new in­fra­struc­ture sup­ported by bedrock.”

Pic­ture: Zoe Quigley

Above: The dam­age to North Beach jetty af­ter the late May storm.

Pictures: Martin Ken­nealey

Below from left: A lone surfer north of Met­tams Pool; The North Beach jetty un­der re­pair.

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