Port rocks ‘worst ever’

A MOSMAN PARK woman was hospitalised earlier this week after falling on submerged rocks at Port Beach and being repeatedly dumped.

Palmyra resident John Bonser helped the woman from the beach and says the rocks are the worst he’s seen since first starting daily walks there in 2001.

“The young girl was coming out and got knocked over, then she just kept getting dumped again and again because she couldn’t stand up; it was terrible,” Mr Bonser said.

• A woman was hospitalised after falling amongst the exposed rocks on Port Beach this week. Photo by Trilokesh Chanmugam

• A woman was hospitalised after falling amongst the exposed rocks on Port Beach this week. Photo by Trilokesh Chanmugam

Mr Bonser took the woman to her GP, who gave her an eyewash treatment and told her to head to the hospital if it didn’t clear up. When the pain became unbearable the woman organised for a friend to take her to Sir Charles Gairdner hospital.

“You see some of the older polar bear swimmers there, and when the rocks hit them, they get great big welts,” Mr Bonser said.

He says signs should be erected to warn swimmers and families with young children.

Fremantle Ports says it was made aware of the rocks earlier this week and is in discussion with the Fremantle council.

Ports’ manager external affairs Ainslie de Vos says the rocks turn up some years and not others, usually when less sand than usual returns after winter.

“Geotechnical engineers advising Fremantle Ports in the past concluded that most of the rocky material (about 80 per cent) was tamala limestone which occurs naturally in this are and was likely to have derived, in part, from works undertaken from the 1890s and into the earlier part of the 1900s to create and develop the inner harbour.”

Fremantle council’s parks manager Katrina Sachse says the exposed rocks are being investigated, but she wants state government help because much of it is under water, which is not council territory.

by STEVE GRANT

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