Residents flock to hear about erosion

Residents at the meeting.
Residents at the meeting.

Questions ranged from those about whether climate change caused the storms to asking governments to protect million-dollar beachfront homes.

One woman asked if rising sea temperatures or construction of Mindarie Marina were possible causes, but was told there was no evidence for either.

Another asked what the temporary works would cost compared to permanent solutions, but Wanneroo’s infrastructure director Dennis Blair said they had not yet costed the possible solutions.

‘The problem we do have is if we don’t do something soon, and we have another few storms, the rest of Frederick Stubbs Park will be at great risk and possibly also the road,’ Mr Blair said.

A man raised concerns about ‘band-aid’ treatments and asked if residents would be ‘back here in 20 years time talking about it again’.

Another man said he did not want to see his $1.5 million property ‘wash away’. Options of a seawall were discussed, which coastal engineers said would mean there would not be a sandy beach, but one woman said she would prefer a seawall if it meant the park would be restored.