Seabird residents pitch in for seawall costs

NEO Infrastructure will build a longer seawall at Seabird.
NEO Infrastructure will build a longer seawall at Seabird.

A SEAWALL designed to protect Seabird will be a little longer, thanks to funds from residents and a council decision.

Shire of Gingin President David Roe thanked the Seabird Progress Association for contributing $20,000 towards funding additional work following the council’s decision to extend the seawall on June 3.

At the special council meeting on June 3, the council resolved to extend the seawall currently under construction, to protect a car park, access road, boardwalk plus informal boat and vehicle access ramp to the beach.

“While this infrastructure is in reasonable condition and fit for purpose, recent storm activity at Seabird has placed it under immediate threat, requiring urgent action,” Cr Roe said.

“During the meeting, council considered the option to remove the infrastructure for reinstatement at another location, with the remainder for decommissioning.

“However, the cost of this option would be in excess of $350,000, whereas the estimated cost to extend the seawall is $234,000.

“Taking both options into consideration, council resolved to approve a variation to extend the seawall a further 91m to protect this infrastructure.

“Council also approved the raising of a loan to cover the additional work, with the Seabird Progress Association providing $20,000 toward the cost as well – this contribution is gratefully received.”

The State Government provided $2 million towards the seawall, which NEO Infrastructure is building.