Two Mandurah beaches listed as erosion hotspots

Two Mandurah beaches listed as erosion hotspots

DODDIES Beach and Falcon Bay need protection against erosion, according to a State Government report.

The local beaches were listed among 18 coastal erosion hotspots requiring Federal funding.

“Managing coastal erosion should not just fall onto the lap of local and state governments, especially given the negative impact climate change is having on our coastlines,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

The Government claims up to $110 million may be needed over five years to protect 55 spots across WA.

Mr McGowan said he would seek funds at the annual Council of Australia Governments (COAG), because Canberrashould prioritise coast protection.

Announcing $1.54m in local grants to fix coasts, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said $16m had been spent in the past five years.

However, South Australia has $52.5m in its 2019-20 budget for beach protection.

“While there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to managing coastal erosion, the outcomes of this WA study will help us refine our coastal management strategy and better allocate resources,” Ms Saffioti said.

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