Timber style for foreshore platforms
Concept designs for two new platforms at the Point Samson foreshore, including a traditional timber-look jetty, have been endorsed as priority works under the town’s beachside upgrade project.
Initial concept designs for a new viewing and fishing platforms were supported by City of Karratha councillors at their July council meeting and will now move into a detailed design phase.
The viewing platform, which is planned to be built in an older timber-look style and provide views over the historic rail carriages and beach, would be built as stage one, followed by the fishing platform as a second stage.
Point Samson Community Association played a key role in advising on the platforms’ design and president Michelle Bez said the group was glad to have council support for progressing the project.
“Once established the jetty (or) viewing platform will provide locals and visitors with an opportunity to take in some local history,” she said.
“The installation of highpowered binoculars will enhance the experience by proving an opportunity to witness the vast number of migratory birds, humpback whales and marine life along our coastline and views to Cossack, Jarman Island and Cape Lambert.
“The iconic old Samson Jetty was known Australia-wide for the fishing experience it provided, it was a huge drawcard for attracting tourists and played a significant part in our local economy.
“The completion of this iconic project will be welcomed by all.”
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said approving designs for the two new platforms was the latest opportunity the City and PSCA had identified for the town’s foreshore development works.
“The Point Samson foreshore is a special place for the local community and a key attraction for visitors,” he said.
Karratha Visitor Centre manager Jane Knapp said it was promising to see foreshore development works progressing for Point Samson, especially the old-style jetty design in keeping with the area’s “small seaside town” atmosphere.