Nationals WA Member of Parliament and candidate for the seat of Geraldton Paul Brown MP, was joined by Leader of the Nationals WA and Minister for Regional Development and Lands, Terry Redman MLA, in a visit to the Drummond Cove foreshore last week to see firsthand the coastal erosion that is occurring there.
Mr Brown said, “While I am personally very familiar with the issue as both a committee member of the Drummond Cove Progress Association and a resident living close to the impacted area, I thought that having the Minister visit the site to see the erosion and how it would impact the community is vital to having the State Government invest in immediate temporary protection and a long term solution.”
The City of Greater Geraldton recently approved $50,000 for emergency sand nourishment at Drummond Cove to help mitigate damage expected from high swells predicted for last weekend.
“The Minister was able to see the sand nourishment work that was being done by the City of Greater Geraldton to reduce the impact of the severe storm that was predicted. It was really good to see that the works did reduce the impact, and the sand held really well.” Mr Brown said.
“The Minister was quite alarmed when I showed him where the original foreshore had been and the very recent damage from a number of severe storms. He was able to clearly see the risk to public infrastructure such as the waste water pumping station, but also the very real concern that residents have for what may happen to their homes if nothing is done to prevent further damage.”