Sand that filled Bandy Creek Boat Harbour in last year’s freak storm will be used to widen Town Beach and prepare the eroded foreshore for winter.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said contractors had been engaged to move the sand from the harbour stockpile and deposit it between Balfour and Brazier Streets.
“The project is being undertaken in consultation with the Shire of Esperance and a Department for Planning and Infrastructure coastal engineer will be on site to monitor the operation,” Ms MacTiernan said.
The impact of the storm, in which more than 180mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period, deposited more than 60,000 cubic metres of sand in the boat harbour trapping commercial fishing and other vessels in their pens.
Ms MacTiernan said truck movements between the harbour and the foreshore were scheduled to begin next week.
“While this work will widen the beach and provide a buffer for winter storms, it is a short-term remedy and the erosion of the foreshore at Esperance requires a long-term solution,” she said.
“The department is working closely with the Shire of Esperance and the Esperance Port Authority to determine the best way to manage the Esperance coast as a whole.
“Options for the long-term management of the foreshore are currently being finalised in consultation with the project partners and will be presented for public comment shortly.”
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