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Tue May 26, 2020, 06:47 AM

Fremantle (Western Australia) Preparing To Move Buildings After Storm Erases Beaches, Parking Lot

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Sections of the Port Beach car park were swept away by the storm.(ABC News: West Matteeussen)


The City of Fremantle is moving to permanently "retreat" buildings from Port Beach after the stretch of coastline was devastated by yesterday's intense storm to hit WA. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City of Fremantle and the State Government were speeding up plans to relocate structures as rising sea levels and erosion consistently impacted the beach.

A temporary sea wall built earlier this year at a cost of $400,000 protected a restaurant and some surf club buildings at Port Beach as the storm hit yesterday. But more exposed parts of Port Beach saw the full impact of the wild seas as the shore all but disappeared, followed by about 10 metres of car park also swallowed by the wild swell.

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"Frankly we won't be rebuilding those kinds of things, what we'll do is we'll set back some barricades and put in some protections to make it safe," Dr Pettitt told ABC Radio Perth.

"Ultimately though, the challenge is that unless you just keep building rock walls further and further south and north, we are going to have to let some assets be lost. "That's the kind of hard choices we're making at the moment around which ones to keep and which ones to lose."

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Port Beach is close to the Fremantle container port.(ABC News: Nicolas Perpitch)


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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-26/port-beach-may-be-lost-after-severe-erosion-ex-cyclone-mannga/12287026

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