(1/6/2018) Port Beach erosion update
The City of Fremantle will be carrying out further work at Port Beach over the coming days to make the beach safe enough to reopen to the public.
Both Port Beach and Sandtrax Beach have been closed since the storms last weekend caused significant damage and erosion.
City of Fremantle Director of Infrastructure Graham Tattersall said the work would involve flattening the eroded sand dunes and reinstating some of the beach access paths.
“There have been incidents on the east coast and overseas in recent years where people have been killed when dunes have caved in, so we need to reshape the dunes to eliminate the risk of them collapsing,” Mr Tattersall said.
“We’re also working to reopen three beach access paths – one in front of the changerooms and two at the northern end of the carpark.
“The access points in front of the Coast building are still too dangerous to open because there are big drop offs down to the beach and undermined footpaths that need to be repaired.
“We're doing all we can to reopen the beach as soon as possible, but we're asking people to be patient and stay off the beach until we can make it safe.”
The southern end of Port Beach carpark will remain closed for the foreseeable future to allow the City to remove eroded bitumen and shore up the carpark.
The current focus is on Port Beach because it is more widely used and the risk is less severe than at Sandtrax Beach.
Sandtrax is likely to remain closed until the end of the month while the City works with Fremantle Ports and other stakeholders to stabilise the dunes and remove remnant industrial infrastructure that was exposed by the storm.