City fo­cuses on beach works

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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.

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