Drummond Cove stabilisation and protection works complete

  • Work to stabilise beach and protect community assets at Drummond Cove complete
  • Part of the $5 million boost for coastal protection in WA Recovery Plan
  • Planning underway for boat launching facility – a key McGowan Government commitment
  • Additional $18.5 million in State Budget to manage coastal erosion over next five years  
  • The McGowan Government has delivered a new groyne and upgraded seawall for Drummond Cove in Geraldton to protect the much-loved foreshore for local beachgoers and tourists. 

    Construction on the $600,000 project commenced in July and has seen a third geotextile sand container groyne installed at Whitehill Road to further stabilise the beach.

    The project is part of the $5 million boost for coastal protection the McGowan Government allocated in the WA Recovery Plan.

    Emergency repairs to the seawall in front of the John Batten Community Hall have also been undertaken to help protect it from future storms.

    The new groyne will complement two existing structures installed in 2018 that, in conjunction with sand nourishment, have stabilised a section of the popular beach and reduces the need for annual sand replenishment.

    Perth-based engineers M P Rogers & Associates completed the design for the project while local Geraldton construction company Red Dust Holdings undertook construction.  

    Planning work is also underway for a boat launching facility, a key McGowan Government election commitment.

    The 2021-22 State Budget also included an additional $18.5 million to fight coastal erosion over the next five years, taking the total investment to protect WA beaches to $33.5 million.

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “WA has some of the best beaches in the world, and it’s important we protect them from coastal erosion so we can continue to enjoy them for many years to come.

    “Our $600,000 investment in Drummond Cove has not only protected the foreshore for local beachgoers, but has also supported the local economy with works delivered by local Geraldton company Red Dust Holdings.

    “Planning has now commenced for a new boating facility at Drummond Cove, which will encourage even more people to visit this beautiful part of the world.”

    As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “Coastal erosion is a real threat to our coastline and something we need to continue to monitor.

    “That’s why as part of the 2021-22 State Budget, we have allocated an additional $18.5 million to manage coastal erosion, taking the total funding allocated to $33.5 million over the next five years.

    “This will help undertake key research and studies, as well as providing infrastructure to protect our coastline.”

    As stated by Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton:

    “Drummond Cove is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

    “I thank the McGowan Government for its investment in this project and its commitment to ongoing research on coastal erosion.

    “The works recently completed will mean we can continue to enjoy this beach for many years to come.”

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