Cliff safety to be addressed at information sessions

Cliff Safety Information Sessions will be held at Gracetown Community Hall and Sea Gardens Cafe in Prevelly. Photo: AMR Shire
Cliff Safety Information Sessions will be held at Gracetown Community Hall and Sea Gardens Cafe in Prevelly. Photo: AMR Shire

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River will hold information sessions to address safety concerns at critical cliff sites along the region's limestone coastline.

The sessions will include a presentation from the Shire's consultant Geotechnical Engineer, who will explain more about recent limestone cliff assessments and the recommended actions at sites including Riflebutts, Surfers Point, Gnarabup and Gracetown.

Shire President Ian Earl said the information sessions were an opportunity for the community to gain a better understanding about the risk of rock fall along the fragile coastline.

"Our Shire is home to a number of incredible limestone rock cliffs and caves. However, limestone by nature is a soft rock and can become unstable over time.

"Knowing where the areas of concern are, understanding the risks and taking safety precautions can go a long way to preventing serious accidents," he said.

A plan to address safety concerns at critical cliff sites along the Shire's coastline was endorsed by the Council on 11 December 2019.

This resulted in a temporary fence and signage being installed at Riflebutts to caution community members of the risk of rockfall at the north end of the beach, as well as further signage installed at Gnarabup and Surfers Point.

Investigations in 2019 resulted in four key actions being recommended for immediate action, including the removal of a small overhang at Gracetown, and the installation of additional fencing and signage at Surfers Point and at Riflebutts, and the underpinning of the overhang under the concrete stairs that lead from the upper carpark down towards the café at Gnarabup.

Sessions will be held at the Gracetown Community Hall on Monday February 3 and Friday February 28 (4-6pm), and Sea Gardens Prevelly on Tuesday February 4 and Thursday February 27 (4-6pm).

For more info and to RSVP visit yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/cliff-safety, or contact John McKinney on (08) 9780 5255.