Foreshore improvement projects ramping up

As foreshore improvement projects near completion in Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier, Council has endorsed two new management plans that will pave the way for similar enhancements at Hearson Cove and Wickham Boat Beach.

The plans were developed on the back of a comprehensive consultation process, reflecting feedback gathered from the community, State Government, key industry stakeholders and traditional owner groups.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the plans would guide use, management and future upgrade projects for these popular coastal areas.

“Feedback from the community via surveys and comments on the foreshore management plans is telling us that the community places high value and cares for our coastline. We want to make sure our key coastal nodes can be enjoyed in the future but are also well protected to ensure their ongoing sustainability,” Cr Long said.

“Under the City’s draft Coastal Management Strategy, this suite of Foreshore Management Plans will guide future management and improvement projects to accommodate all coastal users in the most sustainable and balanced way and allow a growing number of people to continue to enjoy our wonderful coastal and marine environment.”

“Recommendations of the Hearson Cove and Wickham Boat Beach Management Plans include providing for well managed 4WD access, revegetating damaged dunes, upgrading parking areas and providing better public amenity including eco-toilets, shade, barbecue areas and picnic tables.”

The City is in the final stages of delivering a number of projects identified in similar plans developed for Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier and so far this year has invested more than $5.3 million on foreshore improvement projects.

“We can now see how the development of these plans is resulting in better foreshore amenities in popular coastal areas across our City,” Cr Long said.

“In Point Samson a new decking area and shade structure at the Miller Close car park will provide high amenity access to the beach and vantage point over the bay.”

“We have also just completed replacing the jetty and ramp at Karratha Back Beach as well as expanding and formalising the car parking areas and are nearing completion of a new Searipple lookout.”

“And in Dampier the first stage of foreshore upgrade works has seen a dramatic improvement of the access to Shark Cage beach with a new decking and shade structure, picnic areas and toilet block,” he added.

It is expected the first stage of upgrades in Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier will be completed by the end of September.

For more information on City foreshore projects and planning visit www.karratha.wa.gov.au.