Wild weather has battered the Geraldton coastline, sending waves crashing over the sand dunes and prompting a marine rescue volunteer to label the swell the biggest he’s seen in a decade. Strong westerly winds, combined with large swell and high tide, saw the Point Moore coastline in Geraldton inundated with water on Tuesday, with pathways and roads to the beach closed to visitors. Geraldton Marine Rescue weather monitor Peter Richards said it was the first time in more than a decade he’d seen the water crashing over the sand dunes. “This winter has been a wild one so far, but seeing what’s happening today I’m pretty concerned we’re going to see a lot of erosion along the coast,” he said. “I’ve been yelling at people all day to not go too close because they could easily get hit by a wave and get dragged out.” A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said the swell in Geraldton on Tuesday would have been about 8m, the highest normally seen during winter months. Coastal erosion has been a contentious issue for the City of Geraldton and its residents, with the council chambers overflowing with community members in 2018 for a discussion on the City’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan report. The report looked at the impact of coastal erosion and inundation at 12 locations along Geraldton’s coastline between Cape Burney and Drummond Cove. According to the report up to 770 properties could be affected by coastal erosion during the next 100 years. In August last year the State Government committed $5 million to high priority coastal erosion hotspots in WA, including $600,000 for the construction of a groyne and sand nourishment programs at Greater Geraldton’s Drummond Cove.