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Seawalls to preserve Hedland coastline for generations

Published on Tuesday, 23 May 2023 at 2:11:40 PM

The Hedland coastline will be protected for future generations following the completion of the construction phase of the Town of Port Hedland’s seawall project.

The Goode Street seawall – the third and final one of the $17.8 million project – was completed last week.

Other seawalls have been constructed at the West End and Sutherland Street.

Mayor Peter Carter said the seawalls would mitigate damage caused by cyclones or coastal erosion and help preserve the Port Hedland coastline.

“These seawalls will help protect our unique flora and fauna, including flatback turtle nesting sites,” Mayor Carter said.

“They will also help protect residential properties and other infrastructure from future extreme weather events.”

The design and construction of the seawalls was endorsed by Council in March 2020 with the West End, Sutherland Street and Goode Street locations identified as being susceptible to coastal erosion and inundation in the Town’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan.

In total, 79,155 tonnes of rock have been used for the three seawalls.

“It has been a huge project and I thank residents for their patience during the construction periods,” Mayor Carter said.

“The Town’s vision is to build a thriving, resilient and inclusive future for our diverse community and projects like this help increase liveability and preserve our environment.”

The seawalls were funded by the Town along with a $3 million contribution from BHP for the West End seawall and $3.75m from the Federal Government.

Residents are reminded to be cautious around holes at the base of the Sutherland Street seawall, caused by the natural shifting of sand, and be aware of warning signs. These holes are being managed by the Town and contractors and are expected to continue to diminish naturally over time.

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