Campaign to save coastline

Mayor Tracey Roberts, Kelly Lonsdale and Natalie Sangalli have growing concerns for the foreshore erosion at Quinns Rocks. Main picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409008
Mayor Tracey Roberts, Kelly Lonsdale and Natalie Sangalli have growing concerns for the foreshore erosion at Quinns Rocks. Main picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409008

Since Quinns Rocks residents Natalie Sangalli, Kelly Lonsdale and Sarah Hombsch established a Facebook group ” Save Our Foreshore Quinns Beach ” a fortnight ago, almost 1900 people have joined.

The trio have asked residents to post old photos of the area around the old surf lifesaving club site, car park and Frederick Stubbs Park which they will collate to show the changes to the coastline over the past few decades.

‘We are getting a timeline of all the photos over the years, a timeline of just how it has changed,’ Ms Lonsdale said.

Mrs Sangalli said they particularly wanted photos of the old barbecue area, which people who had moved into the area more recently may have missed seeing.

They have also been circulating a petition calling for urgent implementation of a long-term strategy to stop the erosion before Ocean Drive and properties on it are affected.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City had sent a consultant’s report commissioned last November to the Department of Transport for specialist advice, and had not yet heard back, although City staff planned to meet with the department’s coastal engineers this week.

‘The City fully understands the extent of the erosion and over the years has received expert advice on how to address the problem,’ she said.

‘The City has appointed coastal engineering consultants to identify short-term options in addition to long-term options.

‘We’ve been working on it for years and years and years but we’ve experienced severe weather conditions in recent months. The coastline has been battered.’

Mrs Roberts said 10 to 12 metres of dunes in a 300m section of the groyne had been eroded by high tides, swell and storms this year. The City reopened the car park last week, but the Frederick Stubbs Park will remain closed.

Ms Lonsdale said they were expecting more stormy weather this year, and wanted solutions urgently.

‘We do have another weather front coming so we are concerned about what could happen in the next week or two,’ she said.

‘There have been all kinds of suggestions (of ways to solve the problem) ” I really wish I knew the answer.’