Council votes to repair popular pathway
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.
John’s Creek Breakwater Pathway, a popular fishing spot in Point Samson, will not be demolished.