Walk­way pro­vides safer ac­cess to falls

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Visi­tor ac­cess to a pop­u­lar gorge in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park is now safer af­ter the re­cent in­stal­la­tion of a new walk­way.

A re­align­ment of the trail, new steps, plat­forms and handrails have all been in­stalled at Fortes­cue Falls.

Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife se­nior oper­a­tions of­fi­cer Ge­off Pass­more said one of the main ob­jec­tives was to pro­vide a more mod­er­ate gra­di­ent for visi­tors to en­joy a range of stun­ning views.

“We wanted to in­clude a new look­out so visi­tors could stop, take a break and get some great photos of the falls,” he said.

“It was also im­por­tant for the con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als to be durable and vis­ually at­trac­tive, so we used raw steel to blend in with the en­vi­ron­ment and the iron­rich gorge walls.”

Some of the me­tal struc­tures were pre­fab­ri­cated in the DPaW Jar­rah­dale Perth.

Mr Pass­more said con­struc­tion was fin­ished by the Perth­based works crew on­site over a four-week pe­riod.

“These works pre­sented an ex­treme phys­i­cal chal­lenge, with staff hav­ing to carry in ma­te­ri­als and use welders, grinders and other hot works,” he said.

The fi­nal phase of the pro­ject is likely to be com­pleted to the top of the gorge in May next year.

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Pic­ture: DPaW

The new walk­way re­cently in­stalled at Fortes­cue Falls in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.

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