Shire of Gingin to investigate new erosion solutions after recent storms caused closure of Lancelin park access

Erosion caused by storms has damaged Grace Darling Park in Lancelin.
Erosion caused by storms has damaged Grace Darling Park in Lancelin.

SHIRE of Gingin is looking for alternative solutions to erosion after recent storm activity prompted it to close access to a Lancelin park.

The storms eroded the beach and undercut the gazebo at Grace Darling Park, making it unsafe for members of the public.

The section of beach at Grace Darling Park has been subject to inundation for several years, with the Shire carrying out ongoing sand renourishment works.

That solution has been the Department of Transport coastal engineers’ preferred erosion mitigation option at the site.

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“It is obvious that sand renourishment at Grace Darling Park is not a sustainable option,” Shire President Sam Collard said.

“Every year we spend thousands of dollars on sand works and every year the sea washes it back.

“It’s time to look at another solution.”

The council will discuss alternatives at its next concept forum and inform the community of any action it plans to take.

The Shire plans to relocate the gazebo structure and barbecue facility within the park until a decision is made for a longer-term solution.

In the meantime, it asked people to stay away from the area while works were being carried out and to respect any barricades erected in the interests of public safety.

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