Ac­cess hope for har­bour surf beach

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

BUN­BURY surfers could soon have ac­cess to a once pop­u­lar beach and surf break at the Outer Har­bour.

South­ern Ports has con­firmed it is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Hex­ion – which holds the lease for its methanol tanks on har­bour land – to al­low “pe­ri­odic ac­cess”.

It comes as Hex­ion is un­der­stood to have locked in a fur­ther five-year lease at the Outer Har­bour.

A South­ern Ports spokes­woman con­firmed dis­cus­sions were un­der way with the methanol trade com­pany, along with Iluka over its lease which is due to ex­pire in De­cem­ber.

“South­ern Ports is in dis­cus­sions on tran­si­tion plan­ning with Iluka to en­sure con­tin­u­a­tion of trade with­out im­pact­ing the State Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to de­liver stage three of the Trans­form­ing Bun­bury’s Wa­ter­front project,” the spokes­woman said.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions with Hex­ion are on­go­ing to se­cure safe, pe­ri­odic ac­cess for the pub­lic to The Wall surf break.” The lease held by Hex­ion does not share land with the wa­ter­front project.

The beach and surf break has been off-lim­its to the com­mu­nity since the early 2000s.

Bun­bury city councillor – and long-time ad­vo­cate for the beach to be re-opened – Bren­dan Kelly said it was “ab­so­lutely” about time the com­mu­nity re­gained ac­cess.

“If I was to be blunt about it, it’s about time,” Cr Kelly said.

“Bun­bury surfers have been wait­ing a long time and it’s a great move. We do need to make sure there is an op­por­tu­nity for an­glers, women and chil­dren, to get in and have some­where to fish and this should come sooner rather than later.”

Cr Kelly said he had re­ceived feed­back that the com­pany was open to the pos­si­bil­ity.

“They were fairly re­laxed about al­low­ing ac­cess and co-ex­ist­ing with the com­mu­nity out there,” he said.

Hex­ion did not pro­vide any com­ment.

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