Fore­shore fu­ture look­ing bright

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

City of Kar­ratha Deputy Mayor John Lally and Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Lau­rinda Tim­mins and Peta Mott.

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