Residents crusade to save foreshore

Gareth Jones is the owner of Salty's Cafe and is concerned for his business because of beach erosion along Ocean Drive. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d408506
Gareth Jones is the owner of Salty's Cafe and is concerned for his business because of beach erosion along Ocean Drive. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d408506

Prompted by the closure of an Ocean Drive carpark and removal of the playground in Frederick Stubbs Park last month, residents are calling for action to protect the foreshore.

Concerned about cliffs washed away this winter, Natalie Sangalli, Kelly Lonsdale and Sarah Hombsch started a Facebook group, ‘Save our Foreshore Quinns Beach’, last week.

‘It is absolutely tragic what has happened to it,’ Ms Lonsdale said. ‘We grew up on this beach ” we’ve been here since we were 12 years old.

‘The change is just horrific ” we’ve lost at least 10 to 15m this year.

‘It has been gradual over the last 25 to 30 years (but) we have lost nearly five metres in a matter of weeks (this year). ‘The water is almost up to the carpark now.’

The petition said ‘the ongoing degradation of the coastline at Quinns Rocks is serious and dangerous’.

‘A long-term strategy needs to be implemented as a matter of urgency to stop the erosion before the road and residences are seriously affected,’ it said.

‘We ask that the Legislative Assembly provide for proper oceanographic research for a long-term solution and the results of the research be implemented urgently.’

Ms Lonsdale said families were ‘devastated’ after the playground equipment had to be removed.

‘We just want the government to come out and fix it and find a permanent solution,’ she said.

‘We need 1500 signatures on our petition for (Butler MLA) John Quigley to send it to Parliament.’

Resident and business owner Gareth Jones said he bought a beachfront cafe, Salty’s, about four months ago and was concerned he was losing customers.

‘Normally you get a lot of people going down to that park (but) I’ve got no parking, no mums coming with their children,’ he said.

‘Our coffee trade has dropped off hugely.

‘This issue has been going for about 13 years (and) it is advancing at a rapid rate.’

Mr Quigley said the beach was a ‘disaster’ and he wanted the State Government to take action.

‘In the last month, the shoreline has eroded to halfway back to the road,’ he said.

‘It appears the southern most groyne is way too small to be effective.

‘There has to be a State Government response ” if this was in Cottesloe, the Premier would come up with some proposals (this) week.’

Mr Quigley plans to present the petition to Parliament in mid-October, and readers can see copies at his electorate office in Clarkson or at local businesses.

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