Foreshore future looking bright
The Karratha Foreshore Management Plan is continuing onwards and upwards with the stage one Searipple Road lookout recently completed and the Maitland node out for tender. The City of Karratha and Karratha Community Association have big plans for further developing the popular coastal area, including installing viewing binoculars and informative signage and rehabilitating the dunes.
Another stage of the wide-ranging Karratha Foreshore Management Plan has finished with the completion of the Searipple Node lookout.
Installation of a new viewing platform, stairway and parking area at the site has now been completed in the first stage of the foreshore area’s development.
Meanwhile, the second stage, the Maitland Node, has been put out to tender for the construction of an additional lookout structure, car parking area and better pedestrian access along the coastal dune area.
Work on a natural walkway linking the two nodes is also taking place and will feature informative signs on flora and fauna.
The rejuvenation of the Searipple-Maitland strip of foreshore and the Karratha Back Beach are part of a broader 20-year council strategy to develop coastal areas throughout the entire City area but there are further plans to enhance them because of community concerns about dune rehabilitation and wildlife protection. Karratha Community Association member Peta Mott said the group was working on a range of extra features for the nodes.
Those include installing binoculars at Searipple Lookout, starting a dune restoration program, possibly putting up two osprey nesting platforms along the SearippleMaitland walkway, and erecting detailed signage on the history and nature of the Nickol Bay area.
She said the KCA wanted to make more people aware of the history and nature of the strip of Karratha foreshore.
“There’s quite a bit of history out there,” she said. “On a clear day, you can see Delambre and Legendre islands ... and there are three or four shipwrecks out there.
“So we’re going to get a bit more signage to cover that all.”
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the council was pleased to see the foreshore improvement project enhancing such a well-used part of the district.
“We know these areas are popular with the community, but they also hold significant environmental and cultural value,” he said.
Mrs Mott said the investment in upgrading the Karratha foreshore area was well worth the effort.
“It’s one of the areas within the town that gets used by a huge amount of people — either going up to eat their lunch, walking the dog, fishing, crabbing,” she said.
All remaining works on the Searipple-Maitland section of the foreshore are due to be completed early next year.
City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally and Karratha Community Association members Laurinda Timmins and Peta Mott.