Sunset Beach coastal adaptation works begin

Published on Monday, 7 October 2019 at 9:51:05 AM

Construction of a low-crest Geotextile Sand Container (GSC) groyne and revetment on the Sunset Beach Foreshore to mitigate coastal erosion will begin mid October.

A 40m low-crest GSC groyne and 50m long GSC revetment being constructed at Triton Place will help retain an initial beach nourishment.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the use of GSC revetments to build coastal resilience to erosion is already showing positive results.

“Although it’s been less than a year since the two GSC groynes were installed at Whitehill Road in Drummond Cove, the Foreshore has performed well throughout the winter storm season,” he said.

The continued use of GSCs also aligns with the community’s values regarding our coastline.

“Feedback the City received during the coastal planning process demonstrated the community highly values our beaches for social and recreational purposes,” Mayor Van Styn added.

“Implementing this option demonstrates the City’s commitment to work collaboratively with the local community on addressing the challenges of coastal erosion.

“The use of GSCs on the foreshore also means the beach can still be enjoyed and at any stage in the future should the revetments no longer be needed, they can be easily removed.”

This adaption measure is consistent with the Geraldton Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP), which is based on the requirements and adaptation hierarchy of Western Australia's State Planning Policy No. 2.6 – State Coastal Planning Policy (SPP2.6).

The $418,000 project is funded by the City of Greater Geraldton’s CHRMAP Adaptation Measures Budget.

Construction of the groynes will be undertaken by Natural Area Consulting Management Services with M P Rogers providing technical services. The estimated date of completion is December 2019.

More information on the project here

PICTURE CAPTION: Coastal erosion at Sunset Beach.

Coastal erosion at Sunset Beach.

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