Coastal erosion works to start at Drummond Cove

Staff reportersGeraldton Guardian
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The construction of two low-crest Geotextile Sand Container groynes on the Drummond Cove Foreshore is expected to start on Monday.

The two 40m long groynes, which will extend across the beach and into the ocean, are designed to retain sand and ease coastal erosion at Whitehill Road.

The $250,000 project will also reduce the need for temporary sand nourishment operations.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the use of groynes reflected the community’s love for Geraldton’s coastline.

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“Throughout the coastal planning process the community said they highly value our beaches for social and recreational purposes,” he said.

“By utilising the Geotextile Sand Containers the beach can still be enjoyed.

“Implementing this option demonstrate the City’s commitment to work collaboratively with the local community on addressing the challenges of coastal erosion.”

Mr Van Styn noted the groynes could easily be removed in future if they were no longer needed.

Local contractor Red Dust Holdings will construct the groynes and MP Rogers and Associates will provide technical services.

A City spokesperson said construction should be completed before Christmas.

Later this month the council will consider adopting the final draft of the City’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan.

If adopted the report will be used to inform decisions on the development of coastal policies over the next year.

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