City of Karratha

Media release: Coastal conservation for 40 Mile on the horizon

31 Jan 2019

A popular coastal recreation spot is set to benefit from foreshore enhancement works this camping season.

Residents and locals flock to 40 Mile (Gnoorea) for nature-based camping experiences, four wheel driving, fishing, boating and swimming.

Located 60km south south-west of Karratha, the 40 Mile area incorporates approximately 11km of coastline and is part of the determined Native Title area for the Yaburara and Coastal Mardudhunera people.

The City will commence implementing foreshore enhancement works recommended by Council’s adopted Gnoorea (40 Mile Beach) Foreshore Management Plan this year, after securing State Government funding.

The plan provides guidance to protect, maintain and enhance the environmental and cultural values of the 40 Mile reserve.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Community Stewardship Grants Program allocated $97,000 to the City this month to improve campsites and rehabilitate vegetation and dunes, which have been impacted by uncontrolled access.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was important to conserve the coastline, which played a big part in the lifestyle of many residents.

“Council is committed to improving the amenity of our foreshores, with works recently completed or underway in Karratha, Point Samson, Wickham and Dampier,” Cr Long said.

“The City’s application for funding was submitted in partnership with the Yabrurara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation (YACMAC) and the foreshore enhancement works will be carried out side-by-side with the Marduthuni Rangers on-country.”

The works are expected to be undertaken over the next three years, with the first stage coinciding with the 2019 designated camping season from May 1 to September 30.

The Gnoorea (40 Mile) Foreshore Management Plan is available to view online at