RESIDENTS have welcomed the beach reopening in Quinns Rocks following completion of emergency coastal protection works.
The Save Our Foreshore Quinns Beach Facebook group campaigned for immediate action to save Frederick Stubbs Park and the foreshore following severe erosion late last year.
Co-founder Natalie Sangalli said the entire community had embraced the return of the park and access to the beach.
‘The sandbag revetment and limestone wall turned out better than we could have ever imagined,’ she said.
‘Fred Stubbs park is already seeing a high number of visitors and, as the weather heats up, so will the beach.’
Mrs Sangalli said that would not have happened without the support of the 6030 community, Butler MLA John Quigley, City of Wanneroo staff and contractors Curnow Group.
The City last week issued a statement that the beach was again open to the public, although there was still work to be done to provide access.
‘Thinking back to the condition of the beach this time last year after a series of severe storms and constant erosion, it is wonderful to see this project come full circle,’ Mayor Tracey Roberts said.
‘Until now, our priority has been to protect the beach and park, which we have done, and now our community can enjoy the beach, park and playground ahead of summer.
‘Our next priority will be looking at ways that we can improve access to the beach.’
Mrs Roberts said the City was also investigating long-term options to protect the foreshore from erosion, with a community reference group due to meet for the fourth time in early 2015.
Works done so far have included matting and vegetation in the sand dunes, with more planting planned next winter.
Mrs Sangalli said the group was still collecting signatures on a petition for State funding for the long-term coastal protection works.
The Quinns Rocks resident also urged residents to provide feedback on how they used the beaches when the City seeks community feedback.
In September, the council accepted a $114,516 tender from Cardno WA to provide consultancy services for the long-term coastal management in Quinns Rocks.
Mrs Sangalli said the consultants were looking for old photos of the beach between the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club and Jindalee, which people could share in the Facebook group or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.