City finds pathway to success

Member for Scarboro Liza Harvey, Stirling mayor David Boothman and Scarboro SLSC president Elise Irwin at the new access path.
Member for Scarboro Liza Harvey, Stirling mayor David Boothman and Scarboro SLSC president Elise Irwin at the new access path.

On March 5, the Stirling Times reported that loose limestone rocks left over from the construction of the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre posed a serious threat to the health and safety not only of beachgoers but also Scarboro surf lifesavers.

At the time, City of Stirling infrastructure director Geoff Eves said the City’s main priority was to stabilise a limestone access ramp on the southern end of the surf club.

The access ramp has now been stabilised and concreted and the City and Scarboro SLSC were satisfied with the result.

Not only will the concrete ramp contain the limestone, but according to Scarboro SLSC president Elise Irwin it will also provide easier access for emergency crews and life saving vehicles.

‘It’s a huge improvement for the club,’ she said.

‘This ramp essentially means it’s a lot easier for our crews to access the beach and there will be a lot less wear and tear on our vehicles.

‘It will also stop this rubble that was left over from the building moving down to the beach; that’s really important because that was a big issue.’

Scarboro SLS member Darryl Kelly previously called on the City to rectify the limestone problem and while he had previously said concreting the path was not the right solution, he has since been convinced.

‘This is a great outcome,’ Mr Kelly said.

‘We brought it to the attention of the City of Stirling and to their credit they have acted quickly to fix the problem for all beach users.’

Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey shared the concerns of Mr Kelly and she gave full credit to the City for acting on those concerns.

‘This was a hazard to beach goers and an environmental disaster for our beautiful beach, so I congratulate the City of Stirling for acting so swiftly to address the problem,’ she said.