Two Rocks residents voice opposition to beach access alternative


Two Rocks residents oppose a short-term beach access track through a dune blowout.
Two Rocks residents oppose a short-term beach access track through a dune blowout.

TWO Rocks residents stressed their opposition to alternative beach access at a meeting with City of Wanneroo councillors on Tuesday.

Residents met elected members before the council briefing session on October 4 because a report on their petition to maintain staircase access off Sovereign Drive will be on this month’s council meeting agenda.

The City’s assets director Harminder Singh said staff would update a recommendation on the October 11 agenda to reflect the comments made by residents.

“The community are not willing to support the provision of a short-term access track while we do a feasibility study (into long-term access solutions),” he said.

Mr Singh said they would also “strengthen” part of the recommendation calling for the State Government to fund short and long-term projects.

Councillor Dianne Guise asked that the recommendation include a request for the State Government to redesign Two Rocks Marina.

A MP Rogers and Associates’ study in 2006, reviewed in 2013, found the marina responsible for erosion issues farther north.

“The study confirms that the construction of the Two Rocks Marina in 1973 interrupted the longshore drift in the area, resulting in the accretion of sediment to the south and erosion of the shoreline to the north,” the October 4 council report said.

Councillors will consider a recommendation on October 11 to remove the existing staircase, formalise the track through a dune blowout for short-term access and spend $40,000 on a feasibility study for long-term access.

The Two Rocks Beach Action Group has applied to give a deputation prior to the meeting.

“We still believe the existing structure to be repairable, albeit temporarily and would provide a more suitable temporary access,” it said in the application.

“We want to appeal to the Council to fast-track the construction of an access to the beach which will stop the public from trudging all over the dunes to access their favourite spot.”

The October 4 report said design of a new access structure was not included in this year’s capital works program, but was listed for 2017-18.

It said design and construction was likely to cost $250,000 to $400,000.

The Department of Transport’s coastal infrastructure executive director Steve Jenkins said the City could apply to the 2017-18 Coastal Adaptation and Protection grants program in February, with 2016-17 funds already allocated to other projects.