The Liberal MP arranged for State Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell to visit the foreshore on Ocean Drive on December 11 to see the severe erosion damage on dunes and Frederick Stubbs Park.
‘With a firm commitment from the City of Wanneroo, of $3.24 million I am confident that the State Government is now in a position to assess the proposal and determine the most appropriate funding source,’ Mr Miles said.
‘I will continue to lobby the State Government for a favourable outcome for our community, which I am confident can be secured.
‘The City of Wanneroo has made a decision to allocate funds towards their preferred option of building 4.5m high geo-synthetic sand bags which are 2.5m long and 1m wide and weigh a staggering 4 tonnes each.’
Mr Miles arranged for Wanneroo’s Mayor Tracey Roberts, chief executive Daniel Simms and infrastructure maintenance manager Harminder Singh to meet the minister at the site and explain the City’s short and long term solutions to erosion.
Butler MLA John Quigley wrote to the minister on December 16, saying he was disappointed Mr Buswell visited the beach ‘secretly’ so residents did not have an opportunity to meet him.
The visit preceded the Wanneroo Business Association’s Christmas luncheon at Mindarie Marina, where Mr Buswell was guest speaker.
Describing the mayor as ‘effervescent’, Mr Buswell said she ‘burst out of the bushes’ at the beach and described the situation to him.
‘I’ve got to go and find some money for grumpy pants over here ” the City has found money and we will help as well,’ he said.