Boat-beach im­prove­ments a step closer

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Fore­shore im­prove­ments to Wick­ham Boat Beach have been fast-tracked after funds flagged for up­grad­ing the boat ramp were re­al­lo­cated at the com­mu­nity’s re­quest.

The City of Kar­ratha had set a bud­get of $100,000 for re­design­ing the ramp, but at their Jan­uary meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to in­stead use it to im­ple­ment the first stage of the Wick­ham Boat Beach Fore­shore Man­age­ment Plan.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said their de­ci­sion was based on feed­back from a Wick­ham work­shop group, which said the ex­ist­ing ramp sat­is­fied user re­quire­ments and fore­shore up­grades were a greater pri­or­ity.

“Redi­rect­ing these funds to­wards pri­or­ity ac­tions iden­ti­fied in the Wick­ham Fore­shore Man­age­ment Plan, which has been pre­pared with valu­able in­put from mem­bers of the Wick­ham com­mu­nity, will en­able the City to de­liver pri­or­ity works this fi­nan­cial year,” he said.

The first stage of works will in­volve clos­ing unau­tho­rised tracks on the beach, in­stalling dune fenc­ing, reveg­e­tat­ing the area and im­prov­ing beach ac­cess.

Mr Long said the City in­tended to ap­ply for State Gov­ern­ment coastal fa­cil­i­ties fund­ing next fi­nan­cial year for the boat-ramp de­sign.

Pic­ture: Leanne Mott

Wick­ham Boat Beach.

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