$11.7m fore­shore facelift step closer

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Dampier’s age­ing fore­shore is set for a fur­ther facelift af­ter City of Kar­ratha coun­cil­lors en­dorsed the sec­ond stage of en­hance­ment works.

The Dampier Palms and Hamp­ton Oval precinct works, part of the Dampier Town­site and Fore­shore En­hance­ment Plan adopted in 2015, will im­prove pedes­trian and ve­hi­cle ac­cess, cre­ate new wa­ter and land-based ac­tiv­ity, es­tab­lish park­ing and in­te­grate ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as the movie screen and palms area.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the works would boost Dampier’s rep­u­ta­tion as a des­ti­na­tion for lo­cals and tourists.

“The Dampier fore­shore is ex­tremely pop­u­lar with the com­mu­nity and the City has been work­ing hard to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture,” he said.

“Fol­low­ing on from sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ments de­liv­ered around Shark Cage Beach, coun­cil has en­dorsed a mas­ter­plan, which will con­sid­er­ably im­prove amenity and in­fra­struc­ture around the Palms and Hamp­ton Oval precinct, which will un­doubt­edly ce­ment Dampier as one of the premier fore­shore des­ti­na­tions of the re­gion.

“Hav­ing con­sulted with the com­mu­nity to de­velop a con­cept plan for this re­de­vel­op­ment, the City will con­tinue to seek com­mu­nity in­put through­out de­tailed de­sign, par­tic­u­larly around pro­posed ac­tiv­ity ar­eas.”

The coun­cil will now progress with de­tailed de­sign, fur­ther com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and doc­u­men­ta­tion of the pro­posed $11.7 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment plan.

Mr Long said a de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with con­struc­tion would rely on the coun­cil’s abil­ity to se­cure fund­ing.

The Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion was un­avail­able for com­ment.

Pre­vi­ous works on the Dampier fore­shore in­clude the devel­op­ment of the Shark Cage Beach node, where new deck­ing and shaded seat­ing has been con­structed.

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