Lion’s share of State coastal protection funding for City of Wanneroo

Butler MLA John Quigley is pleased that the City received the funding.  Picture: Matt Jelonek d470783
Butler MLA John Quigley is pleased that the City received the funding. Picture: Matt Jelonek d470783

THE City of Wanneroo is the biggest winner in State coastal protection funding for the second consecutive year.

The State Government announced today it would receive $424,000 of the $757,000 funding available from the Coastal Adaptation and Protection Grant scheme.

This will be used for two “urgent projects” – $299,000 has been allocated to construct a 60m rock groyne at Queenscliff Park at Quinns Beach and $125,000 to reinstate safe beach access near Sovereign Drive in Two Rocks.

Wanneroo councillors adopted the Quinns Beach long-term coastal management detailed design at the April 4 meeting, which approved construction of a fourth groyne, beach re-nourishment and construction of a beach access ramp in 2017-18 at a cost of $2.2 million.

At the same meeting, they endorsed building a beach access staircase and viewing platform at Two Rocks beach at an expected cost of $250,000.

The Department of Transport grants provide up to 50 per cent of the total cost of a coastal protection project.

The City also received the largest share in last year’s program – $300,000 for early works associated with the implementation of the preferred long-term coastal management option for the Quinns Rocks coastline.

Butler MLA John Quigley said he was committed to doing all he could to protect coastal amenities, repair coastal erosion and working closely with Mayor Tracey Roberts and the City of Wanneroo.

“Our coastline is an integral part of the lifestyle in the electorate of Butler,” he said.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the program was important to foster stronger partnerships with local authorities and provide support, including coastal engineering guidance from department specialists.

“The 10 local projects funded in the latest round are vital in gaining a better understanding of coastal processes and ensuring that public assets are protected from the impacts of ocean forces in the future.”

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