New plans to improve foreshore amenity at Wickham Boat Beach and Hearson Cove have been drafted and are now open for public comment.
The Wickham Boat Beach and Hearson Cove Foreshore Management Plans seek to manage the increasing use of these popular areas in a way that enhances public amenity and retains cultural and natural values.
Recommendations include formalising 4WD tracks, revegetating damaged dunes, upgrading parking areas and providing better public amenity including eco-toilets, shade, barbecue areas and picnic tables.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the plans have been developed following a period of extension consultation with the community.
“The City’s vast coastline supports a wide range of uses and we know these areas are extremely important to our community. We want to make sure these areas can be enjoyed by the community but are also better protected to ensure their ongoing sustainability,” Cr Long said.
“These plans have been prepared on the back of rigorous consultation with the community, State Government, key industry stakeholders and traditional owner groups.
"They provide a framework for future improvements and also highlight the importance of working with the local community and traditional owners to establish ongoing management protocols,” he added.
The City of Karratha is delivering the first stage of recommendations highlighted in similar foreshore management plans developed for Dampier, Karratha and Point Samson.
These works include establishing new footpaths and shaded picnic areas at Shark Cage Beach in Dampier as well as construction of public decking areas and dune rehabilitation at the Searipple lookout in Karratha and also in Point Samson.
The Hearson Cove Foreshore Management Plan has been prepared with Coastwest funding and Wickham Foreshore Management Plan with funding from Rio Tinto.
For more information visit www.karratha.wa.gov.au