Whitehill Road Coastal Adaptation Works

In April 2016, high tides and strong swells undermined Whitehill Road in Drummond Cove and forced its closure.

In response to community concerns regarding on-going coastal erosion of Whitehill Road a community workshop was held in May 2016 in which the community determined their preferred short term solution to the erosion was for sand nourishment of the site until the Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) was completed. More here

In July 2018, Council made the decision to construct two low-crest 40m long Geotextile Sand Container (GSC) groynes on the Drummond Cove Foreshore to mitigate coastal erosion at Whitehill Road. More here

Groynes

PHOTO: One of two groynes at Whitehill Road in Drummond Cove.

 

These groynes, which 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.

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).

Council adopted the Geraldton CHRMAP Report at the 27 November 2018 Ordinary Meeting of Council. The report will be used to inform decisions on the development of coastal policies over the coming months.

Construction of the groynes was undertaken by local contractor Red Dust Holdings with MP Rogers and Associates providing technical services and completed in December 2018. More here

The $250,000 project was funded via the City’s Coastal Adaptation Measures budget.

Whitehill Road Groynes Design

View the groyne design PDF here

Whitehill Road Design