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Beach access issues ramp up

Two-hundred truckloads of sand have been brought in to allow Mettams Pool to re-open to the public today, after storms caused significant erosion to the popular Perth beach.

The City of Stirling closed pedestrian access to Mettams Pool and Saunders Street carpark to implement treatments.

Tropical Cyclone Mangga contributed to significant coastal damage throughout Perth’s northern suburbs beaches.

Mettams Pool is the only northern beach to offer ramp access for people with mobility issues.

City of Stirling Media and Corporate Affairs Adviser Caitlin Tiller says the night works began on Sorrento beach a few days ago.

“2000 cubic metres of sand had been carted in from Sorrrento Beach and deposited on the northern side of Mettams Pool carpark,” she says.

Residents have complained about short-term solutions, and asked for longer-term plans to be put in place.

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Trigg resident Lisa Smith says her daughter struggled with mobility issues last summer and found it difficult to access the beach with crutches.

“Even if you could get down onto the sand you still had to get yourself over the rocks and into the water. While Olivia was on crutches, she could not get down at all,” she says.

Ms Smith says it was extremely frustrating for her daughter to access the beach through the summer.

“One way where you get down has steps on the end of it. Either that or you have got the ramp going straight into the water, last year there was a huge drop off at the end. The other ramp on the northern side is just too steep.”

She says the sand treatment will momentarily help people with minor mobility issues by covering the rocks on the water’s edge.

The City of Stirling says they’re hoping to implement further works later in the year.

“Long term planning–including community engagement to gauge community values–will be undertaken through the City’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) with further work to take place in 2021,” Ms Tiller says.

For more information visit https://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/your-city/your-say-stirling/managing-coastal-erosion-at-mettams-pool

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