City of Wanneroo receives $300,000 to manage Quinns Rocks coast

City of Wanneroo receives $300,000 to manage Quinns Rocks coast
City of Wanneroo to receive $300,000 for long-term coastal management in Quinns Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey d456732
City of Wanneroo to receive $300,000 for long-term coastal management in Quinns Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey d456732

THE City of Wanneroo is set to receive about $300,000 from the State Government for long-term coastal management at Quinns Beach.

Last week Acting Transport Minister John Day announced the funds allocated through the 2016-17 Coastal Adaptation and Protection grants.

“The largest funding allocation of $300,000 was provided to the City of Wanneroo to construct coastal management structures and undertake sand replacement at Quinns Beach, as part of the first stage of a long-term coastal management strategy for the area,” he said.

The CAP grants program is administered by the Department of Transport, which also provides coastal engineering support and guidance to local governments who manage most of the WA coast.

“The coastline is one of the State’s most valuable assets and CAP grants foster a partnership between State and local government in working together to protect it,” Mr Day said.

“The projects will provide a better understanding of coastal processes and ensure public coastal assets are protected from the impacts of ocean forces into the future.”

The City is currently investigating two options, both proposing to build a fourth groyne at Queenscliff Park modifying existing structures and adding sand to the beach.

One option would also relocate the car park beside Fred Stubbs Park.

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

Mr Jacob said that with the State Government supported shark barrier being installed for this summer, Quinns should become an even more popular local beach.

The City of Joondalup will receive a $40,000 grant to create an inventory of coastal protection assets plus condition inspections to identify defects and hazards.