Warnbro resident claims buried beach fence a waste of money

Neil Mulligan at the fence in May after it was damaged during storms.
Neil Mulligan at the fence in May after it was damaged during storms.

A RESIDENT’S prediction that a fence erected at a Warnbro beach would be buried in sand was accurate.

The fence at the Warnbro beach has been buried by sand.

A year ago, Neil Mulligan complained when the City of Rockingham paid $12,300 for a 500m fence along the beach near Capella Pass carpark and Fendam Street. The $12,300 also included the removal of old fencing.

Mr Mulligan said the previous fence was buried by sand.

“I would have thought this new fence will suffer the same fate. Why put it there?” Mr Mulligan told the Courier in May last year.

“It will not stop people from going into the sand hills. It’s folly to build it in the first place.”

Mr Mulligan contacted the Courier last year when the new fence was torn down during storms.

Mr Mulligan said ratepayers had to put up with Council’s wasting of money far too often.

“No wonder people are disillusioned with any form of government be it local, state and federal,” he said.

“No one seems to know how to handle the public purse responsibly.”

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said coastal areas are subject to natural sand movement which cycles from accumulation in the summer months to erosion in winter.

“The fences referred to are provided to demarcate and protect sensitive environmental areas,” he said.

“Unfenced foreshore reserves in populated areas are highly susceptible to erosion through human activity.

“Providing fences to guide people through these areas helps prevent that human-based erosion from occurring.”

Cr Sammels said partial burial of fences in summer was not unusual.

“Nor is it a critical concern except where environmental damage is likely,” he said.

“In this instance, it is not a concern.

“It is not possible to install dune fences that are not impacted by sand movement.

“If the establishment of a new dune system permanently buries one of these fences, that fence will be relocated.

“The City expects that the sand at this location will erode during winter storms and expose much of the height of the fence again.”

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