City after more State funds for Quinns Rock coastal protection


Picture: Martin Kennealey
Picture: Martin Kennealey

CITY of Wanneroo wants more State funding for coastal protection works in Quinns Rocks.

Welcoming a $300,000 Department of Transport grant announced this month, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said it would complement work the City was already doing.

However, Mrs Roberts said given the amount the City had already spent, it would need much more funding from the State Government.

“Coastal management is a significant issue for the City of Wanneroo and we have several plans and projects in place to make sure our coastline is well maintained,” she said.

“Since 2000, the City has spent $5.6 million from its own resources on the management of coastal erosion issues at Quinns Beach, including $3.4 million over the last three years.

“The City is prioritising this issue and we have made huge investments to address erosion.

“We hope the State Government will match our commitment to combat the problem.”

The $300,000 from the State Government will contribute to early works associated with the implementation of the preferred long-term coastal management option for the Quinns Rocks coastline.

The project will continue for several years, with the City currently assessing two potential long-term coastal management options.

It plans to make a detailed submission to the State Government in coming months, having already allocated $500,000 in its 2016-17 capital works budget to coastal protection works to combat erosion at Quinns Beach.

“It is very clear that the State Government needs to allocate significantly more funds to work with local governments on addressing this important environmental issue, which potentially impacts on many members of the community,” Mrs Roberts said.

Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob welcomed the grant to mitigate further erosion at Quinns Beach following damage from storms in September 2013.