Whitehill Road coastal protection works begin

Published: Wednesday, 7 November 2018 at 9:22:48 AM

Construction of two low-crest Geotextile Sand Container (GSC) groynes on the Drummond Cove Foreshore to mitigate coastal erosion at Whitehill Road will begin next week.

The two 40m long groynes, which will extend across the beach and into the ocean, have been designed to retain sand at Whitehill Road and reduce reliance on temporary sand nourishment operations.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the use of GSC revetments aligns with the community’s values regarding our coastline.

“Throughout the coastal planning process the community said they highly value our beaches for social and recreational purposes,” he said.

“By utilising GSCs the beach can still be enjoyed and at any stage in the future should the GSC revetments no longer be needed they can be easily removed.

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

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

The final Draft CHRMAP, developed in consultation with the community, will be considered for adoption by Council at the 27 November 2018 Ordinary Meeting of Council. Which after adoption, will be used to inform decisions on the development of coastal policies over the next year.

Construction of the groynes will be undertaken by local contractor Red Dust Holdings with MP Rogers and Associates providing technical services.  Works are scheduled to begin on Monday 12 November 2018 and estimated to be completed before Christmas.

The $250,000 project is being funded by the City’s Coastal Adaptation Measures budget.

For more information on the project, visit the City’s website www.cgg.wa.gov.au

PICTURE CAPTION: Coastal erosion forced the closure of Whitehill Road in 2016.

Whitehill Road

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