Stage one of Mersey Point seawall construction complete in Shoalwater

Hannah CrossSound Telegraph
City of Rockingham mayor Deb Hamblin at the newly constructed seawall.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham mayor Deb Hamblin at the newly constructed seawall. Credit: City of Rockingham/Supplied

The first stage of a new granite seawall at Mersey Point has been completed as part of a $2 million City of Rockingham project.

Federally funded under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, the Mersey Point Granite Seawall project aims to replace the limestone seawall and timber beach stairs with a new 325m granite seawall and steel beach stairs.

City of Rockingham mayor Deb Hamblin said the new seawall was integral to protecting the coastline and infrastructure in the Shoalwater area, including the Arcadia Drive road reserve.

“Prior to delivering the new granite seawall, the City carried out extensive monitoring of the coastline in the region for more than a decade,” Ms Hamblin said.

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“This research, combined with the significant risks of erosion . . . clearly demonstrated that action had to be taken to preserve this stretch of coastline.”

Several repairs have had to be made to the seawall in the past to maintain the coastline after storm damage in winter.

“The construction of the new granite seawall aims to provide a long term solution to this issue. Importantly, this project strongly aligns with the City’s key strategic aspiration of planning for future generations,” Ms Hamblin said.

Work on the western end of the seawall as part of the project’s second stage is expected to begin in March/April.

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