C.Y. O’Connor Beach - Erosion Protection Project

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Background

Coastal erosion is an ongoing occurrence along much of Western Australia’s coastline, including at C.Y. O’Connor Beach in the City of Cockburn. Over the past decade, the City has been monitoring and adapting to the effects of erosion by relocating infrastructure and replenishing lost sand.

Sections of the dual use path next to C.Y. O’Connor Beach were relocated in 2009 and 2013 and sand replenishment activities have been undertaken on several occasions since 2016. Around $300,000 has been invested in sand replenishment works over the past four years.

The City participated in the Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance Coastal Vulnerability and Flexible Adaptation Pathways Project(External link) between 2013 and 2016, which resulted in expert reports that identify areas at risk of erosion and possible responses. These reports highlight C.Y. O’Connor Beach as vulnerable to erosion and recommend that planning and design be undertaken for a long-term solution.

With no action, the shoreline is predicted to progressively recede to the point that it consumes the dunes, parkland and Robb Road, and eventually reaches the adjacent freight rail line, resulting in the loss of beach and community access.

Have Your Say

To inform which erosion mitigation designs could be suitable for this location, the City asked for your input on how you use, what you most value and would most like protected at C.Y. O’Connor Beach.

Between the October and December 2019 comment period, over 681 people visited our Comment on Cockburn page to learn about the project. 329 people shared their feedback by completing the survey, contributing to the discussion board, chatting to our project team at the C.Y. O’Connor Beach workshop or pop-up sessions, or writing to us.

Here is a snapshot of what you told us.

The City has engaged engineers that specialise in coastal erosion to undertake further research and assessment of this section of our coast. With their expertise and your feedback, they will develop potential designs for the community to share their feedback on.

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Background

Coastal erosion is an ongoing occurrence along much of Western Australia’s coastline, including at C.Y. O’Connor Beach in the City of Cockburn. Over the past decade, the City has been monitoring and adapting to the effects of erosion by relocating infrastructure and replenishing lost sand.

Sections of the dual use path next to C.Y. O’Connor Beach were relocated in 2009 and 2013 and sand replenishment activities have been undertaken on several occasions since 2016. Around $300,000 has been invested in sand replenishment works over the past four years.

The City participated in the Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance Coastal Vulnerability and Flexible Adaptation Pathways Project(External link) between 2013 and 2016, which resulted in expert reports that identify areas at risk of erosion and possible responses. These reports highlight C.Y. O’Connor Beach as vulnerable to erosion and recommend that planning and design be undertaken for a long-term solution.

With no action, the shoreline is predicted to progressively recede to the point that it consumes the dunes, parkland and Robb Road, and eventually reaches the adjacent freight rail line, resulting in the loss of beach and community access.

Have Your Say

To inform which erosion mitigation designs could be suitable for this location, the City asked for your input on how you use, what you most value and would most like protected at C.Y. O’Connor Beach.

Between the October and December 2019 comment period, over 681 people visited our Comment on Cockburn page to learn about the project. 329 people shared their feedback by completing the survey, contributing to the discussion board, chatting to our project team at the C.Y. O’Connor Beach workshop or pop-up sessions, or writing to us.

Here is a snapshot of what you told us.

The City has engaged engineers that specialise in coastal erosion to undertake further research and assessment of this section of our coast. With their expertise and your feedback, they will develop potential designs for the community to share their feedback on.

More Information

Survey

The City of Cockburn is asking for your input on how you use and what you most value about C.Y. O'Connor Beach. 

Your feedback will help shape its future and how we manage coastal erosion here in the longer term. Feedback will be used to guide some concept designs for long-term erosion control.


CLOSED: This survey has concluded.