Saving homes from Erosion in Seabird

Moore MLA Shane Love (centre) with Seabird residents Garry Thomas and Jim Batalin.
Moore MLA Shane Love (centre) with Seabird residents Garry Thomas and Jim Batalin.

THE State Government will provide $2 million from its Royalties for Regions fund to address coastal erosion at Seabird.

According to a release from Moore MLA Shane Love, State Cabinet approved the funds on June 8 to find an engineering solution to protect homes and properties under immediate threat from erosion.

“Coastal erosion has been an issue in Seabird for more than a decade and there are now five properties at immediate risk and a total of 15 properties at risk,” Mr Love said.

The MP said he and the Shire of Gingin had worked together since 2013 to engage the government on the issue, and the funds were welcome.

“In recent times the situation has become desperate,” he said.

“I commend the Seabird Progress Association (SPA) for engaging an engineering consultancy and proposing works that will work to address the immediate danger.”

Mr Love said he had visited Seabird with Regional Development Minister Terry Redman on May 1, when they met residents.

“He gave residents an undertaking that he would discuss the matter with other Cabinet members and seek Royalties for Regions funds for immediate works.

“I thank Minister Redman for delivering on this promise and as the only minister to visit Seabird in recent years, commend him for his efforts.”

SPA has engaged a specialist engineering firm who are due to meet with the Gingin Shire this week, and president Garry Thomas said they appreciated the funding.

“SPA have put the installation of concrete mats on hold and are committed to working with the Gingin Shire to ensure that we get the best possible outcome.