Her­itage, amenity key to fore­shore plan

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

Coun­cil is keen to pro­mote ac­cess to and pub­lic use of our beau­ti­ful fore­shore ar­eas across the city. For the past cou­ple of years, we have been can­vass­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and dis­cussing op­tions for man­age­ment and de­vel­op­ment of these ar­eas.

Fore­shore Man­age­ment Plans have been pre­pared for Dampier, Kar­ratha, Point Sam­son, Hear­son’s Cove and Wick­ham Boat Beach which aim to en­hance amenity while up­hold­ing the sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage val­ues of these ar­eas. The in­tent is to pro­vide land­scap­ing, walk­ways, deck­ing, sun­shades, paths and stairs as nec­es­sary to pro­vide views, re­lax­ation ar­eas and safe ac­cess to the beach.

Fore­shore works projects are un­der way at Point Sam­son, Searip­ple Look­out at Kar­ratha and Shark Cage Beach at Dampier.

The first stage of the work at Dampier is com­plete and of­fi­cially opened on Satur­day. The up­grades in­clude a new deck­ing area, stairs, shaded seat­ing, bar­be­cues and a pub­lic shower and toi­let block as well as a per­ma­nent movie screen at Hamp­ton Oval. The first stage of the work at Point Sam­son — a pub­lic deck­ing struc­ture at Millers Close — will be opened next week. Work at Searip­ple Look­out is pro­gress­ing well and will in­clude stairs from the dune look­out down to the beach, fenc­ing and paths and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works.

We are cur­rently plan­ning the sec­ond stage of the Point Sam­son and the Wick­ham back-beach up­grades and ex­pect to be­gin con­struc­tion on these mid next year.

Picture: City of Kar­ratha

The new deck­ing area and shaded seat­ing in­stalled at Dampier fore­shore.

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