Tim­ber style for fore­shore plat­forms

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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