Works start on Point Peron groyne project

Telissa RyderSound Telegraph
Both the Mayor and Premier agree the project will have a big impact in the boating community.
Camera IconBoth the Mayor and Premier agree the project will have a big impact in the boating community. Credit: Supplied/City of Rockingham

A $1.5 million upgrade to the groyne at Point Peron has begun in the hopes of improving boat launching conditions for skippers throughout the year.

Originally built in the 1970s, the spur groyne is being refurbished and extended by 20m to help trap more sand and ease erosion on surrounding beaches.

The project is contracted to Perth based company WA Limestone and will add another 5000 tonnes of rock to the existing structure, offering better protection from waves and limiting the need to dredge each year.

Premier and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan said the upgrade would provide a huge benefit the local community.

“We have some beautiful beaches in Rockingham, enjoyed by both swimmers and boaties,” Mr McGowan said.

“This project will make a big difference by providing improved year-round boat launching conditions for skippers.”

The groyne was identified as a high priority in the State Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, with the City of Rockingham receiving $650,000 to undertake the work.

It’s a contribution Rockingham mayor Deb Hamblin said would provide long-term benefits to boat users.

“The city’s coastal facilities strategy sets a clear vision for the infrastructure that is required to maintain coastal recreation for boat users and this project is the latest in a long line of improvements to the Point Peron boat launching facility,” she said.

“Importantly, the State Government has made a significant contribution to this project, and the City thanks the Department of Transport for its support.”

The project is due for completion by the end of May.

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