Weekend storms have caused severe beach erosion at Fremantle’s Port Beach, with the ocean taking large chunks out of a car park, collapsing walkways and sand dunes and exposing potentially hazardous metal and wooden poles at the water line.
Industrial debris and rocks — dumped there from port-related infrastructure over the decades — lies in the shallows along the reclaimed coastal stretch.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the council, which is responsible for the land to the high water mark, was working with the Port Authority and several government departments to solve the problem.
“This is the worst … certainly in my living memory,” Dr Pettitt said.
“And it’s a real problem in the sense that we’re starting to get key infrastructure eaten away into.”
The council has closed Port and Sandtracks beaches in the short-term to keep people safe from the uncovered debris.