Coastal erosion at Warnbro Sound embayment area

The City of Rockingham will receive $196,000 from the Western Australian Government’s Coastal Adaptation and Protection Grants Program, in an effort to deliver important sand renourishment works for beaches within the Warnbro Sound embayment that are experiencing erosion

To address the problem, the City will renourish several sections of coastline in Safety Bay and Waikiki. 

The beach renourishment will involve the installation of a significant quantity of sand to widen the existing beach, increasing its resilience to erosion from winter storms. 

The grant funding acquired from the State Government will cover 50 per cent of the cost of these works, with the City to cover the other half of the $392,000 project. 

The sand used for these works will come from the City’s Point Peron sand trap and will be of similar colour and texture to the existing beach. 

It will be mechanically screened beforehand to ensure it does not contain materials such as sea wrack, drift wood or stone aggregates, and this process will also ensure the sand is odour-free.

The sections of coastline where the City will deliver these works, include: 

  • The beach along Safety Bay Road between the Bent Street Boat Ramp and Donald Drive Over Sand Boat Ramp
  • Along the beach at Waikiki Foreshore between the Safety Bay Road/Malibu Road roundabout and Warnbro Beach Road (either side of the Waikiki Beach access ramp)
  • Several locations on Warnbro Beach Road including near the View Road car park, Francis Street car park and Michael Road car park

City of Rockingham Mayor, Deb Hamblin, has thanked the State Government for providing the funding to assist in combating coastal erosion. 

“Our City is home to 37km of spectacular coastline, and given the length of beaches we have there are some areas that are susceptible to the ongoing problems caused by erosion,” Mayor Hamblin said. 

“Planning for future generations is a key aspiration for the City, and our Coastal Hazard and Risk Management Adaptation Plan has identified a number sites within Warnbro Sound as requiring renourishment work to preserve them.”

Works will commence from the end of September 2022. 

Featured image: Warnbro Sound embayment area. Image: City of Rockingham.

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