Managing coastal erosion at Mettams Pool

The City of Stirling is working with the community to investigate engineering options to address ongoing coastal erosion at Mettams Pool.

Why is the City undertaking this project?

Following a series of storms in 2009 that significantly impacted coastal infrastructure at Watermans Bay, the City commissioned a Strategic Coastal Processes Study, which was reported to Council on 9 May 2017. This study allowed the City to better understand the coastal processes, determine which areas of our coastline were most at risk and identify what those risks were.

One of the areas identified as most at risk from erosion was Mettams Pool and parts of West Coast Drive - which supports a popular coastal cycling and walking route and direct access to properties.

The City is now investigating a range of coastal engineering options, with the aim of balancing the protection of West Coast Drive with retaining or enhancing the attributes of Mettams Pool so valued by the community.

Do you have any questions about this project?

For more background information about this project please refer to the FAQs. If you can't find the answer, please use the Q&A tool below, or get in touch with the project contact to ask a question.

Do you have any difficulties understanding the information on this page or providing feedback?

If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact the City's Customer Contact Centre on (08) 9205 8555

The City of Stirling is working with the community to investigate engineering options to address ongoing coastal erosion at Mettams Pool.

Why is the City undertaking this project?

Following a series of storms in 2009 that significantly impacted coastal infrastructure at Watermans Bay, the City commissioned a Strategic Coastal Processes Study, which was reported to Council on 9 May 2017. This study allowed the City to better understand the coastal processes, determine which areas of our coastline were most at risk and identify what those risks were.

One of the areas identified as most at risk from erosion was Mettams Pool and parts of West Coast Drive - which supports a popular coastal cycling and walking route and direct access to properties.

The City is now investigating a range of coastal engineering options, with the aim of balancing the protection of West Coast Drive with retaining or enhancing the attributes of Mettams Pool so valued by the community.

Do you have any questions about this project?

For more background information about this project please refer to the FAQs. If you can't find the answer, please use the Q&A tool below, or get in touch with the project contact to ask a question.

Do you have any difficulties understanding the information on this page or providing feedback?

If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact the City's Customer Contact Centre on (08) 9205 8555

  • Community forum progresses the future proofing of Mettams Pool

    about 1 month ago
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    Thank you to the members of our coastal community who participated in the community forum held on Saturday 6 July 2019 at Stirling Community Centres - North Beach (Charles Riley).

    This workshop followed a community values survey, which sought feedback on what the community values about Mettams Pool, its facilities and amenity. Open from 24 May to 16 June 2019, the online survey received more than 490 responses and 1,600 visits to this project page. An outcomes summary is available in the Document Library or here.

    Coastal Ward Councillor Karen Caddy, along with representatives from the City, Department of...

    Thank you to the members of our coastal community who participated in the community forum held on Saturday 6 July 2019 at Stirling Community Centres - North Beach (Charles Riley).

    This workshop followed a community values survey, which sought feedback on what the community values about Mettams Pool, its facilities and amenity. Open from 24 May to 16 June 2019, the online survey received more than 490 responses and 1,600 visits to this project page. An outcomes summary is available in the Document Library or here.

    Coastal Ward Councillor Karen Caddy, along with representatives from the City, Department of Transport and coastal engineering consultants MP Rogers & Associates provided an overview of coastal erosion processes. Three high-level concept plans, which were informed from the results of the community values survey, were presented and the pros and cons of each explained. The plans are available in the Document Library or here.

    More than 70 community members participated in group discussions, facilitated by Elton Consulting, and worked through each of the three concept plans presented. The groups provided feedback on what they liked about each concept and identified areas that could be improved.

    At the end of the forum, participants were asked to indicate a preferred option by placing a green sticker on the plan they wanted to see progressed to a more detailed design. Option 2 was the preferred option, with 56 participants supporting this concept.

    While this option will see the relocation of current facilities, removal of sections of existing dunes and less beach available throughout the year, participants overwhelmingly supported the improved access to the beach and water, space for an activated recreational grassed area at the lower level and direct universal access link from the toilet to the beach. A number of suggestions and improvements were identified by participants and captured as part of the process.

    Next steps for the City will be to work with MP Rogers & Associates to progress the design for option 2 that considers and incorporates, where possible, the suggestions and feedback provided by forum participants and the broader themes identified through the community values survey.

    A 15 per cent concept design is expected to be finalised by the end of August 2019, and costed by the end of September 2019. The City then intends to report to Council following the October Council Elections and seek guidance on a strategic approach to be delivered by the City.

    The City is compiling the material presented at the community forum and will make it available on this page shortly. To stay informed about this project, please subscribe for updates via the button on the top, right-hand-side of this page.
  • Working with the community to address coastal erosion at Mettams Pool

    about 2 months ago
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    The City of Stirling has been working with the community to investigate engineering options to address ongoing coastal erosion at Mettams Pool.

    To do this, we sought feedback on what the community values about Mettams Pool, its facilities and amenity through an online survey open from 24 May to 16 June 2019.

    We would like to thank everyone that provided their feedback through our online community values survey.

    This feedback largely informed the development of a range of engineering options, which also considered how the infrastructure at Mettams Pool could be adapted to optimise the unique features of the place...

    The City of Stirling has been working with the community to investigate engineering options to address ongoing coastal erosion at Mettams Pool.

    To do this, we sought feedback on what the community values about Mettams Pool, its facilities and amenity through an online survey open from 24 May to 16 June 2019.

    We would like to thank everyone that provided their feedback through our online community values survey.

    This feedback largely informed the development of a range of engineering options, which also considered how the infrastructure at Mettams Pool could be adapted to optimise the unique features of the place as well as manage future coastal erosion.

    Three concepts were presented at a community forum held on Saturday 6 July 2019 at Stirling Community Centres - North Beach.

    The outcomes of the community forum are currently being consolidated and more information will be available shortly, once finalised.