Fore­shore devel­op­ment set to be­gin

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The long-awaited devel­op­ment of the Dampier Fore­shore is un­der way af­ter a ten­der for the first stage of works was ap­proved.

BGC Con­tract­ing will be­gin works on the $2 mil­lion Shark Cage Beach node, in­clud­ing new pub­lic walk­ways and pic­nic ar­eas along The Es­planade, and a per­ma­nent movie screen at Hamp­ton Oval.

Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Sharon Ver­ti­gan said im­prov­ing the fore­shore was key to at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing res­i­dents and visi­tors to the Dampier.

“Plans to beau­tify the old shark cage beach area and make it more ac­ces­si­ble will re­ally max­imise our beau­ti­ful coastal as­sets,” she said.

“In our 50th an­niver­sary year in Dampier, it is fan­tas­tic to see the town be­ing re­vi­talised with new in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly af­ter what has been a chal­leng­ing 12-to-18 month pe­riod, with the re­sources in­dus­try down­turn.

“The fact that we are about to cel­e­brate a 50-year mile­stone dem- on­strates that re­gard­less of the ever-chang­ing eco­nomic cli­mate, Dampier has longevity and many more good times to look for­ward to.”

Mrs Ver­ti­gan said the DCA was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to host com­mu­nity movies down by the beach at Hamp­ton Oval.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the Dampier beach­front was “ex­tremely” pop­u­lar with

visi­tors. “En­sur­ing we have the ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture in place to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence for res­i­dents and tourists while pro­tect­ing our coast­line is a high pri­or­ity for coun­cil,” he said.

“The im­prove­ments form the first on the ground works of the Dampier Town Site and Fore­shore Man­age­ment Plan which aims to en­hance key ar­eas of pub­lic use within Dampier.”

Rio Tinto Dampier Port Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Nate Fos­ter said it was a great project that Rio Tinto was proud to sup­port.

“The com­mu­nity have ev­ery right to be ex­cited,” he said.

BGC Con­tract­ing will be util­is­ing lo­cal con­trac­tors to carry out civil works and have en­tered a joint ven­ture partnership with lo­cally owned com­pany Yurra to un­der­take the land­scap­ing for the project.

Fur­ther Dampier town­site and fore­shore works iden­ti­fied un­der the plan will be in­cor­po­rated into the City’s Long Term Fi­nan­cial Plan to be rolled out in fu­ture years.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Damper Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion’s Ken Mul­vaney with City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long and Rio Tinto Dampier Port op­er­a­tions man­ager Nate Fos­ter.

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