Push for city beach to be part of park

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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