Have your say on coastal recreation facilities in Drummond Cove

Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2022 at 8:25:06 AM

Residents and visitors to Drummond Cove are invited to have their say on a potential boat ramp and other coastal recreation facilities to be built in the area.

The City of Greater Geraldton has partnered with the Drummond Cove Progress Association (DCPA) to survey the community regarding facilities after the cost of building a boat ramp was estimated to exceed State Government funding allocated towards coastal projects in Drummond Cove.

City of Greater Geraldton Deputy Mayor Jerry Clune said a boat ramp would need to be protected by a rock wall.

“Initial investigations into potentially building a boat ramp on the north side of the John Batten Community Hall have been recently undertaken and the preliminary data collected suggest a rock wall would be required to protect the boat ramp from swell, surge and storm action,” he said.

“Although the State Government has allocated $3.2 million in the 2021/2022 WA State Budget to manage coastal erosion and improve community recreation facilities in Drummond Cove the cost of constructing a rock wall has been estimated to be significantly higher than that.”

Lara Dalton MLA Member for Geraldton said she’s been working closely with the community to deliver the project.

“I have been working closely with the local community, the Drummond Cove Progress Association, the City of Greater Geraldton and the Department of Transport to deliver this project, recognising that Drummond Cove has suffered from severe coastal erosion for decades,” she said.

“Planning works for my election commitment are well underway, which includes detailed oceanographic and environmental surveys to help inform project delivery.

“I welcome the opportunity to receive community feedback on the project so that we can deliver the best facilities for the whole community.”

DCPA President Brent Allen said the group wants to hear from the community on coastal recreation facilities before any further investigations regarding a boat ramp are undertaken.

“Our community has been requesting a boat ramp for years and we were thrilled when the Labor Government said they would fund the construction of one during the last election,” he said.

“Even though the initial cost estimate is significantly higher than the promised funding, we really want to know if this money should still be used to progress the boat ramp or if it should be used for other coastal recreation facilities on our Foreshore.

“We invite anyone who would use a boat ramp or any kind of coastal recreation facilities in Drummond Cove to have their say.”

The Drummond Cove Coastal Recreation Facilities Survey is here

Hard copies of the survey are also available at the City Civic Centre 63 Cathedral Avenue.

The deadline to take the survey is 9.00am on Monday 30 May 2022.

Picture Caption: Location of potential new boat ramp on Whitehill Road in Drummond Cove.

WHitehill Road

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