Dune protection on the cards for Wickham boat beach

Off road vehicle access management and dune rehabilitation will be the first works delivered under the Wickham Boat Beach Foreshore Management Plan.

The rehabilitation measures were identified as priorities by the community and Rio Tinto during consultation undertaken as part of preparing the Management Plan.

Council has endorsed the reallocation of funding set aside for the re-design of the Wickham Boat Beach ramp to allow for these first stage on-the-ground works to be undertaken in the short-term.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the move would enable Council to implement the rehabilitation measures this financial year without impacting the planning and delivery of a revised boat ramp design.

“Council had set aside this funding to review the design of the boat ramp, however this would have only been an investigation and some of the feedback the City has received is that minor upgrades to the car park and surrounding area as well as managing off-road vehicle access through the dunes are more pressing,” Cr Long said.

“Redirecting these funds towards priority actions identified in the Wickham Foreshore Management Plan, which has been prepared with valuable input from members of the Wickham community, will enable the City to deliver priority works this financial year.”

“The City will also aim to undertake some minor upgrades to the Wickham Boat Beach car park and improve access to the beach at the same time. The City will target State Government Coastal Facilities funding next financial year to design upgrades to the Wickham Boat Beach ramp,” he added.

Community planting days similar to those recently carried out in Point Samson and Karratha are an option for these rehabilitation works if there is community interest.

The City has completed a number of foreshore improvement projects this financial year including Dampier Shark Cage Beach lookout, Karratha Searipple Rd lookout and Point Samson Miller Close lookout, as well as upgrades to the Karratha Back Beach boat ramp and car park, which was funded by the State Government’s Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.

Additional improvement projects are currently being planned for Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval, Karratha Maitland Rd lookout, Point Samson Jetty and Viewing Platform, as well as upgrades to the John’s Creek jetty, which is being funded by the State Government’s Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.

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