Boat ramp project to unlock marine gateway at Cape Keraudren

  • $1 million in State Government funding confirmed for new safer boat ramp
  • Shire of East Pilbara to deliver the project over two years
  • Investment to boost visitors to the Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve
  • An initiative from the State Government’s Outdoor Adventure Tourism package

There will soon be a new marine gateway for those wanting to explore the coral filled waters off Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve – part of the Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park in the East Pilbara.

Planning has commenced for the replacement of the only boat ramp in the area to provide a safer launching facility for boat owners wanting to experience the unspoiled waters surrounding the rocky cape.

Led by the Shire of East Pilbara, the project will see the construction of a brand-new ramp with a safer alignment to face the predominant wave conditions, surfaced with reinforced concrete panels and connected via a new access ramp. The project also includes modifications to the road layout.

Use of the existing ramp is significantly restricted because it is not accessible at low tide and exposed to waves at high tide with potential for vessels to be swamped or rolled by the strong currents and adverse sea conditions.

Construction of the new ramp will be undertaken outside of the wet season and it’s anticipated it will take approximately two years to complete with planning and approvals granted prior to construction commencing.

In the State Government’s Outdoor Adventure Tourism package, a feature of the recent State Budget, $1 million was allocated to the project after the Shire agreed to fund the remaining cost. Detailed planning will determine the total cost of the project.

As stated by Minister Assisting the Transport Minister David Michael:

“This is a worthy project for funding from the State Government’s Outdoor Adventure Tourism package which saw $165 million invested in new and upgraded boating facilities, campgrounds, trails and tourist attractions across WA in the State Budget, making it easier to enjoy the State’s great outdoors.

“The replacement and realignment of the boat ramp at Cape Keraudren will address safety issues and improve the user experience, helping to attract visitors to this beautiful part of our northern coastline.

“It will also help preserve the unspoiled coastline by reducing informal launching that can sometimes be damaging to the local environment.”

Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:

“This represents a big win for Pilbara residents and tourists visiting our fantastic region.

“I thank the Shire of East Pilbara for its commitment to this important project.

“The works will provide a safer and more functional boat ramp to allow easier access to the beautiful waters off Eighty Mile Beach.”

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