Beach Not Bitumen asks Stirling council candidates to commit to protection of dunes

Anthony James and Robyn Murphy with the Beach not Bitumen group in October last year. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d461005
Anthony James and Robyn Murphy with the Beach not Bitumen group in October last year. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d461005

COMMUNITY environmental group Beach Not Bitumen want coastal ward candidates to commit to the protection of coastal dunes near the Scarborough Beach Redevelopment ahead of the local government election.

Group spokeswoman Robyn Murphy said the group had written to all coastal ward candidates about their push to permanently protect the dune north and south of the redevelopment.

“As the remnant Quindalup sand dune systems at Scarborough and Trigg are regularly under threat from roads, car parks and other types of development, it is critically important that the coastal ward has strong representation to fight for the preservation of our unique coastal environment,” she said

“We have sought a commitment from the candidates that they would pursue permanent protection of the coastal dune system; the closure of the redundant Main Roads road reserve in the South Trigg Beach Reserve and work with the community to introduce sustainable alternative transport options for access to Scarborough Beach.”

Ms Murphy said the last thing supporters wanted was a “Gold Coast” along the coastline.

“We have the opportunity to have the best of both worlds at Scarborough and we look to our elected representatives to ensure that this is the outcome of the current redevelopment,” she said.

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