Coun­cil votes to re­pair pop­u­lar path­way

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

A pop­u­lar path­way in Point Sam­son’s John’s Creek Boat Har­bour has been saved from po­ten­tial de­mo­li­tion and will in­stead un­dergo ba­sic re­pairs af­ter a change of heart from lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

The City of Kar­ratha is 15 years into a 20-year lease of John’s Creek Break­wa­ter Path­way from the Depart­ment of Trans­port. The path has been cracked and eroded by tide and storm dam­age over re­cent years and in Au­gust the coun­cil closed it to pedes­tri­ans af­ter a 5m sec­tion col­lapsed.

At the pre­vi­ous coun­cil meet­ing the pre­ferred op­tion was for the path to be de­mol­ished, mainly be­cause of the high cost of thor­ough re­pairs.

The Point Sam­son Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion said they were op­posed be­cause it is a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot with lo­cals and tourists.

But at last week’s meet­ing coun­cil­lors de­cided the path­way was too valu­able to the Point Sam­son com­mu­nity to re­move and voted to patch up dam­aged sec­tions to a safe func­tional stan­dard.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the coun­cil recog­nises it is a pop­u­lar Point Sam­son fa­cil­ity.

“Coun­cil recog­nises the foot­path and break­wa­ter is well utilised by the com­mu­nity and is ea­ger to main­tain the path in func­tion­ing or­der,” he said.

“The City will con­tinue to main­tain the path for the du­ra­tion of the ex­ist­ing lease pe­riod and take the nec­es­sary mea­sures to re­pair dam­aged ar­eas and re­in­state ac­cess to the com­mu­nity.”

Other, more in­ten­sive op­tions pre­sented to the coun­cil were to re­pair the whole foot­path or up­grade the break­wa­ter.

The path­way has now been re­opened to the pub­lic with a sign warn­ing pedes­tri­ans to pro­ceed with cau­tion.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

John’s Creek Break­wa­ter Path­way, a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot in Point Sam­son, will not be de­mol­ished.

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