Storms take toll on City of Stirling coastline


Above: The damage to North Beach jetty after the late May storm. Picture: Zoe Quigley
Below from left: A lone surfer north of Mettams Pool; The North Beach jetty under
repair. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d483545
Above: The damage to North Beach jetty after the late May storm. Picture: Zoe Quigley Below from left: A lone surfer north of Mettams Pool; The North Beach jetty under repair. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d483545

STORM damage has necessitated the closure of North Beach jetty and nearby coastal access points.

The City of Stirling closed the jetty in Watermans Bay after recent wild weather to enable restoration works.

Photo: Martin Kennealey

The wooden jetty was damaged in the storm and its refurbishment is also expected to entail replacing ageing parts.

Parks and sustainability manager Ian Hunter said it would be closed during June but was expected to reopen in July.

Photo: Martin Kennealey

“This will not only improve the look and amenity of the jetty, it will help to preserve the structure,” he said.

Mr Hunter said the City also closed beach access points, including staircases leading to Mettams Pool and Watermans Bay, for safety reasons.

Photo: Martin Kennealey

“Due to the recent storms, large amounts of sand have been washed away from some locations along the coast,” he said.

“As a result, some of the City’s coastal infrastructure supported by sand, such as staircases and footpaths, have been affected.”

Photo: Martin Kennealey

“The City will also continue to replace its older coastal infrastructure (perched on sand), with new infrastructure supported by bedrock.”