Plan to save Perth beach from erosion

Mettams Pool in North Beach. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Mettams Pool in North Beach. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A POPULAR North Beach swimming spot is set for a major revamp in a bid to save it from coastal erosion.

The City of Stirling is working on a plan that would replace a large section of dunes at Mettams Pool with a grassed area for picnics and activities.

Toilet facilities will be moved to this section and three sets of stairs and a ramp will give direct access to the beach.

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Plans also show an upper “activated area” replacing street parking and the existing shared path recently upgraded by the City.

But this would require the shared path be built on the northbound lane of West Coast Drive, meaning the likely removal of the median to accommodate two-way traffic.

Current stair access at Mettams Pool. Photo: Martin Kennealey

The design is based on community feedback, with the City presenting three options to a forum in early July that aimed to combat coastal erosion at the “highly vulnerable” beach.

Respondents to a survey run in May said swimming and snorkelling in the sheltered bay was most important, followed by coastal amenity and universal access to water and a sandy beach.

The preferred option for Mettams Pool by engineers M P Rogers & Associates.

There was little support for development of cafes or shops, with most people wanting to retain its “natural charm” and only upgrade the toilet and shower facilities, and grassed space.

Benefits of the chosen option are cited as improved access to the beach and water, universal access to the beach from the toilets and the lower grassed recreation space.

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But it comes at the cost of removing a large section of dunes and means less beach would be available throughout the year.

The City expects to have a concept design and costs presented to council following the October local government elections.

More on the plans here.

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