Workshop to tackle C.Y. O’Connor erosion

CY O'Connor Beach. Photo: City of Cockburn Facebook page.
CY O'Connor Beach. Photo: City of Cockburn Facebook page.

JOIN a community workshop examining the future of C.Y. O’Connor Beach as the City of Cockburn seeks to protect it from long-term erosion.

Studies indicate that without further action, surrounding infrastructure might be lost and the beach could become narrow.

The C.Y. O’Connor Beach Protection Project area falls between Mewstone Crescent in the north, and McTaggart Cove in the south.

Sections of the dual use path along the beach were relocated in 2009 and 2013 and roughly $300,000 has been invested in sand replenishment works over the past four years.

Cockburn Engineering and Works Director Charles Sullivan said the City were investigating long-term engineering designs.

“The current and future environmental, social and economic values of the land and assets in this area are significant, such that retreat and abandonment is not considered a practicable option,” he said.

“We need to understand the community’s use and values of the beach, so we can devise potential options that retain amenity as far as possible.”

The community workshop is on Saturday, November 9, at the beach’s grassed area (Rollinson Road entry) any time from 10am to 3pm.

Alternatively, complete a survey on the City of Cockburn’s website before Tuesday November 19.