City of Karratha

Shore signs of improvement for Point Samson coastal assets

29 Apr 2015

A new public decking area and dune rehabilitation have been highlighted as the first priorities to be delivered under Point Samson Foreshore Works Plan.

The works Plan which incorporates strategic vision and recommendations from the Point Samson Community Association’s Foreshore Enhancement Plan and the City of Karratha’s Foreshore Management and Structure Plans identifies several packages of work which will improve the amenity and aesthetics of the Point Samson foreshore for community members and visitors alike.

The first stage of works will commence thanks to funding delivered under the City and Rio Tinto’s community infrastructure and services partnership.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the works were the first of many that would improve and protect the town’s important costal assets.

“Protecting our coastal assets is a huge priority for Council and we have been working with the community to develop a plan that will protect our coastline while enabling better access for the community and visitors,” Cr Long said. 

“The first package of works in Point Samson will see a public decking area and lookout complete with permanent seating and shade constructed at the Miller Close car park as well as vital dune rehabilitation and fencing works along the foreshore.”

Rio Tinto has committed $1 million to beautification works in the town.

Rio Tinto general manager Cape Lambert Ports Jamie Robinson said Rio Tinto is committed to supporting the protection and conservation of the Pilbara’s biodiversity.

“Supporting the protection and conservation of the Pilbara’s unique biodiversity is a key priority area for Rio Tinto and we are pleased to be able to support key pieces of infrastructure in Point Samson that will work to  rehabilitate and protect the dunes and coastline,” said Mr Robinson.

Tenders for the detailed design and implementation of foreshore management works in Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier closed earlier this month and are currently being evaluated with recommendations presented to Council in May.