Coastal erosion threatens public infrastructure at Lancelin park

The erosion face was about 3m from the public toilet leach drains in late July.
The erosion face was about 3m from the public toilet leach drains in late July.

THE Shire of Gingin held its first coastal erosion working group meeting to discuss the threat to infrastructure in Lancelin.

Following a meeting at the Grace Darling Park in late July to review the erosion situation, the group met to discuss the threat to the public toilets leach drain and septic system.

The group, which includes several councillors and executive staff, also discussed quotations from engineering consultants to assess and recommend solutions to prevent further erosion.

The coastal erosion working group inspected erosion in Lancelin.

Shire President Sam Collard said the erosion face was about 3m away from the public toilet leach drains and there was a risk of contaminants entering beach water.

“The working group discussed a range of potential actions including the use of well liners to form a temporary wall, concrete webbed blocks or geo-tech fabric sand bags, however this will be determined by the consultant if action is recommended.

“The removal and relocation of the leach drains and septic tank was also discussed.”

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Cr Collard said the group recommended the Shire appoint consultant MP Rogers to prepare a report for immediate works required to protect the park and the adjacent Lancelin Sea Search and Rescue Group building.

He said the group also agreed to involve several Lancelin organisations in consultation and ask those to nominate representatives.

Cr Collard said for safety reasons, beach access via Edward Island Point would remain closed until further notice and access via Hopkins Street would also be closed.

The group formed after Lancelin District Community Association and Chamber of Commerce held a public meeting and passed a motion to save Grace Darling Park.

Erosion near Grace Darling Park.