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WA Labor to invest $3m to protect and improve Drummond Cove

Posted on January 27, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s will invest $3 million at Drummond Cove  
  • Funding to provide coastal erosion management, new recreation area and boat launching facility
  • Full Plan for Geraldton available at www.markmcgowan.com.au 

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $3 million at Drummond Cove to manage coastal erosion, install a boat launching facility and create a protected recreation area.

WA Labor Candidate for Geraldton Lara Dalton and a re-elected McGowan Government will deliver these important upgrades to protect the environmental integrity of the area, enhance local tourism offerings and provide an improved place for local people to recreate.

On the northern outskirts of Geraldton, Drummond Cove is popular with families and is a mainstay for recreation pursuits such as fishing and beach walking.

The location has also been identified as a ‘hotspot’ in the July 2019 Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia report.

A re-elected McGowan Government will provide this $3m investment to protect the area from the increasing impacts of coastal erosion, while increasing access and amenity for local people and tourists alike.

This commitment is in addition to the $600,000 the McGowan Government has already provided to the City of Greater Geraldton for groyne construction and sand nourishment at Drummond Cove to combat the impacts of coastal erosion.

The Plan for Geraldton includes a number of additional commitments to ensure Geraldton remains strong, long into the future. To read the full plan, visit www.markmcgowan.com.au 

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

“Drummond Cove is a beautiful beach location but is also one of the parts of our coastline being most impacted by coastal erosion.

“This commitment will provide significant funding so the McGowan Government can continue its work to protect Drummond Cove, while enhancing its offerings as tourism location and a local favourite for  swimming, fishing and recreation.

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Geraldton Lara Dalton:

“Premier Mark McGowan had WA’s back during the COVID-19 pandemic, and kept WA safe and strong. 

“So much of Geraldton’s prosperity and identity is tied to this amazing coastline, and when I’m out doorknocking and talking to people, they tell me they want investment that will stabilise our beautiful beaches.

“Drummond Cove is already a popular spot for swimming, fishing and bike-riding – and an investment from a re-elected Labor Government will solidify this location as a place to create memories for generations of families, bringing jobs, tourism and infrastructure to this important coastal community.”