City focuses on beach works
A Pilbara local government has put a strong focus on the region’s shorelines to increase their use.
The City of Karratha last month endorsed works to improve Shark Cage Beach in Dampier, to be funded by the City and Rio Tinto to the tune of $3.9 million, with $2 million allocated in the 2015-16 budget.
The upgrade will include new walkways and ramps for universal access, landscaping, a shaded picnic area, and upgraded drinking and shower facilities.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said many of the region’s coastal nodes were already well used.
“By improving amenity and facilities, the City hopes to encourage more people to visit these areas,” he said.
“The attraction of visitors to the City is a broader consideration of which our coastal attractions are an important part.” The City is close to approving similar works at Point Samson Town Beach and the Karratha foreshore between Searipple Village and Maitland Road.
It’s early days for Hearson Cove on the Burrup Peninsula and Wickham Back Beach, which have started on the same process as Dampier and Point Samson with the call for public input about what people want at the locations.
Hearson Cove will be jointly managed by the City and the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.
One coastal improvement not approved is the construction of a navigable channel at the Karratha Back Beach to give more flexibility to boat users during low tides as it would cost the City about $1.2 million a year to dredge the channel.
Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme funds of $1.5 million will boost the budget to rebuild the Back Beach boat ramp, replace the jetty, and build a new carpark to $2.37 million.