A JOINT venture between WA Limestone and Italia Stone Group has won a $6.76 million contract to build and extend groynes at Quinns Beach.
City of Wanneroo councillors unanimously supported a recommendation to accept the tender submitted by the joint venture at their meeting last week.
The works will be staged over three financial years, starting with construction of the fourth groyne, north of existing coastal structures, this year.
Cr Nat Sangalli said she hoped it would offer the best possible protection for the coastline and thanked staff for including the community during the process.
“It has been extensive community consultation; we have heard every piece of community feedback we could get,” she said.
According to the October council meeting agenda, the Quinns Beach Long Term Coastal Protection Community Reference Group continues to meet on a regular basis to discuss project milestones and provide community input.
The council report said the staged construction would allow construction to take place during “calm weather periods during the summer season”. It would also “limit interruption to beach users” and allow funding submissions to the State Government.
In 2016, the City asked the State Government of the day to cover 50 per cent of the cost, and received a response in June, after the change in government, that the funding sought was not available and that the city should apply for a Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grant.
The State Government has provided a $299,212 CAP grant for 2017-18, and the City plans to apply for similar grants each year to go towards the total project budget of almost $7.75 million.
“During the tender evaluation process, discussions between the City of Wanneroo, Department of Transport and coastal engineering consultant Cardno identified that changes to the ground design could result in a simpler construction process, safer working environment and potential cost saving for the City,” the council report said.
“Disabled access was considered as part of the assessment of beach access options, however due to cost and site constraints, universal access to groyne four was not possible.
“The existing beach access ramp at the southern end of Quinns Beach in front of the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club provides universal access to the beach.”
The report said joint venture planned to source most of the limestone and sand required from local quarries, and that 10 employees who would work on the project lived locally.