Sunday, July 21, 2024

Tide comes in on jetty upgrades

Two existing jetties at the Dampier Boat Ramp will be upgraded after the City of Karratha Council moved to accept a tender from local contractor, Bez Engineering.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the works would improve the lifespan of the jetties.

“The Dampier Boat Ramp is the gateway to the Dampier Archipelago, home to 42 islands amongst turquoise blue waters and some of the best fishing grounds in Australia,” Mayor Long said.

“The Dampier Boat Ramp is a staple for our community, with heavy use by local recreational fishing enthusiasts and families alike.”

The decision adopts the recommendation to reuse the existing piles at the jetties, similar to the solution implemented at John’s Creek Boat Ramp in Point Samson in 2020.

“The City is responsible for a number of public boat ramp facilities across City of Karratha towns and has a regular maintenance program in place to ensure they are all safe and accessible,” he said.

The upgrade cost is roughly $1.6 million and the City anticipates works will occur between April and July this year to reduce the risk of any damage due to the cyclone season and or extreme weather.

The City said it would working closely with the contractor to minimise any restrictions on public access with an operational boat ramp and jetty maintained during the construction period.

“Given the importance of these facilities the City will provide further regular updates and in advance of any closure that will include identifying other alternative facilities,” the Mayor said.

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