Seawalls to be designed and constructed across Port Hedland coastlines

Published: Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 3:04:48 PM

The Town of Port Hedland has endorsed the design and construction of seawalls at the West End, Sutherland Street and Goode Street, delivering on the objectives of the Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP).
 
The total cost of the sea walls is projected to be $17 million, and once constructed will help mitigate the impacts of future rising sea levels and erosion caused by cyclonic weather events.
 
Tropical Cyclone Veronica in 2019 caused significant coastline damage, and the Town engaged M P Rogers and Associates to conduct a site inspection of the coastal foreshore to identify areas most at risk of future damage.
 
M P Rogers and Associates identified sea wall construction as the recommended long-term option to adequately address coastal foreshore erosion at the three sites.
 
Hon. Commissioner Fred Riebeling AM JP said the adoption of this agenda item was an important point of progress in the Town’s commitment to protecting Hedland’s coastlines.
 
“We are moving forward to the detailed design stage of the seawall developments, which will eventually be located at Sutherland Street between Crawford Street and Moseley Street, northern Goode Street foreshore to the east of Barker Court and in the West End precinct along Marapikurrinya Park. 
 
“We saw with Tropical Cyclone Veronica that our coastline is particularly vulnerable to erosion and the real impacts of climate change: as a local government, we have a responsibility to plan for the future. 
 
“First and foremost, the seawalls will help protect the residents and businesses adjacent to the identified coastal areas of risk. 
 
“With this adoption, we can also move forward in identifying funding pathways from the State and Federal Government to get the project off the ground.”
 
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For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Marketing Communication and Events
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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