Push for city beach to be part of park
Karratha’s most popular beach could become part of a national park under a proposal in the latest foreshore management plans put forward by the City.
Murujuga National Park’s boundaries could be extended to cover Hearson Cove, where the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation ranger team already undertakes patrol and management work.
The move could raise concerns for dog owners because pets are not allowed in most national parks, with Murujuga no exception.
Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation failed to respond to calls for comment, but has previously stated dogs were welcome at Hearson Cove on many occasions.
The idea of including Hearson Cove in Murujuga National Park came out as a submission on foreshore improvement projects at last week’s council meeting.
The council has endorsed two new management plans that will pave the way for enhancements at Hearson Cove and Wickham Boat Beach.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the plans would guide the use, management and future upgrade projects for the popular beaches.
“We want to make sure our key coastal nodes can be enjoyed in the future but are also well protected to ensure their ongoing sustainability,” he said.
“Recommendations of the Hearson Cove and Wickham Boat Beach management plans include providing for well-managed four-wheel-drive access, revegetating damaged dunes, upgrading parking areas and providing better public amenity, including eco-toilets, shade, barbecue areas and picnic tables.”
The latest improvement projects come off the back of similar plans at beaches in Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier.
New decking and shade is being erected in Point Samson and Dampier’s Shark Cage Beach.
The jetty and ramp replacement at Karratha Back Beach has been finished and works on the Searipple lookout are nearing completion.