Million-dollar coast care plan for Quinns Rocks

Groyne at Quinns Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Groyne at Quinns Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey

PROTECTING coastal assets was the focus of two reports on last month’s City of Wanneroo council meeting agenda.

The first, adopted without discussion, outlined the coastal assets policy for the City’s entire coastline, while the second addressed a long-term solution to coastal management in Quinns Rocks.

During public consultation on the coastal assets policy, the City received seven submissions, all from developers or planning agencies.

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The August 16 report to the council said the main issues raised included retrospective application, criteria for permanent and applicable assets and lack of incentive for developers to be innovative.

It also said submitters were concerned that the policy did not allow for future community needs or cater for population growth and changing community values.

“The intent of the policy is to provide detailed guidance on the planning, provision, location, development, design, management and maintenance of foreshore parklands,” the report said.

“The draft policy contains sufficient flexibility to accommodate different planning and development scenarios and provides a strong framework to guide development along the coast as population grows.”

The Quinns Rocks report recommended the council authorise detailed design of a $5.4 million long-term coastal management option, which councillors unanimously supported.

That option will see the existing groynes modified and a fourth built farther north, as well as adding about 10,000 cubic metres of sand to the beach each year to maintain the existing shoreline.

A second $5.3 million option included relocating the existing carpark to a site south of Fred Stubbs Park, building a fourth groyne, adding sand and building a seawall.

The report said the City sent letters to more than 1500 households and held two community information sessions in April, as well as undertaking an online survey.

“In total, 545 responses were received with over 150 comments,” it said.

Councillor Sabine Winton said it had been through one of the “most stringent and extensive consultation processes” with a community reference group involved and information sessions held.

“It’s a great example of consultation done well,” she said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the erosion issues were ongoing and the City was doing its utmost to protect infrastructure along the coast.

Cr Dianne Guise said many historically popular features had gone, including trees and barbecue pits that used to overlook Quinns Beach.

“To think in 80 years how much has gone,” she said.

“The carpark has already halved. People’s homes were going to be on the frontline.”

There were some concerns, however, with Cr Samantha Fenn saying many residents lived “nowhere near the coast”.

“There’s a balance between protecting our existing assets and recognising that when you are on the coast, that there’s a risk that nature will have an impact,” she said.

“I’m concerned about ongoing, long-term million-dollar cost related to this.”

Councillors also voted to seek funding from the State Government for the long-term coastal management works.

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