Coordinated campaign for dredging and sand replenishment work at ExmouthMaintenance dredging and regular work to restore sand to beaches neighbouring Exmouth Boat Harbour has been coordinated to begin in August benefiting the $20 million upgrade of the facility and limiting disruption.
Maintenance dredging and regular work to restore sand to beaches neighbouring Exmouth Boat Harbour has been coordinated to begin in August benefiting the $20 million upgrade of the facility and limiting disruption.
Department of Transport (DoT) Coastal Infrastructure General Manager Steve Jenkins said maintenance dredging, last completed in 2004, would restore depths and ensure safe navigation of the harbour while deepening some areas needed for wharf, trawler pen and breakwater upgrades.
"During the dredging campaign sand will also be excavated from the beach to the south of the harbour and trucked to Town Beach as part of regular sand replenishment works, typically undertaken in the area every two to four years, Mr Jenkins said
"The $700,000, three month long campaign will see approximately 40,000 m3 of material placed on Town Beach to restore the eroded beach for the local community to enjoy.
"Special effort has been made to coordinate the timing of the two work campaigns to limit disruption to beach goers and harbour users."
Skippers operating in the area and people accessing the beach should be aware of the special safety arrangements implemented for the dredging and sand replenishment works.
Mr Jenkins said testing had confirmed the dredged material could be deposited on the beach.
"When initially placed on Town Beach it will be naturally discoloured. However, it will bleach in the sun and not noticeable after a few weeks, as in previous campaigns," Mr Jenkins said.
The facility upgrade work, funded by the State Government through Royalties for Regions, includes an extension to the service wharf, construction of a heavy lift facility and additional moorings. www.transport.wa.gov.au/exmouthharbour
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220.
Two Rocks boat ramp upgrade on schedule for completion by XmasThe recent completion of the first stage of a $1.7 million upgrade to the parking and boat launching facilities at Two Rocks Marina has delivered immediate benefits for users.
The recent completion of the first stage of a $1.7 million upgrade to the parking and boat launching facilities at Two Rocks Marina has delivered immediate benefits for users.
Department of Transport (DoT) Coastal Infrastructure Director of Project Delivery Cameron Smith said an intensive twelve week work program has seen major improvements to car and trailer parking on site, including resurfacing, the creation of a new overflow parking area and the introduction of traffic management measures to ease congestion at peak times.
"The number of car and trailer bays has approximately doubled, from 38 to 99 while signage, kerbing and line marking help the flow of traffic and better manage queuing at the facility during busy periods," Mr Smith said.
The second stage of the upgrade, funded by the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) and focused on the launch facilities, will further ease congestion, significantly reduce wait times in peak periods over the busy summer months and improve safety for recreational boaters.
Mr Smith said following DoT's earlier consultation with stakeholders and facility users, the engineering design was well advanced for work to widen the launch ramps to accommodate two distinct lanes and install a central 50 metre floating jetty.
"Tenders will soon be called for these improvements and the associated upgrade of the existing jetty, realignment of the revetment wall, access path, lighting and signage," Mr Smith said.
"It's anticipated work on stage two will commence in September and every effort will be made to maintain access to the launch ramps during construction. However, it's envisaged the ramp will be closed for a short period (up to two weeks) when the new concrete base is laid. The Contractor will construct the new concrete base outside of any school holiday periods.
"Users will be told in advance of the closure and can personally monitor progress of the works at www.transport.wa.gov.au/two-rocks-project.
Mr Smith said the upgrade at Two Rocks was on schedule for completion by the start of the school holiday period in December when users would enjoy access to a vastly improved facility.
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
Safety highlighted as boating season peaks in North WestThe need for skippers to carry in date flares, maintenance of lifejackets and vessel registration requirements will be reinforced when the Department of Transport (DoT) Marine Safety Education Trailer visits the North West early next month.
The need for skippers to carry in date flares, maintenance of lifejackets and vessel registration requirements will be reinforced when the Department of Transport (DoT) Marine Safety Education Trailer visits the North West early next month.
DoT Coordinator of Safety Education Laurie Adams said the trailer would visit Onslow, Karratha, Wickham, Point Samson, Port Hedland, Broome and Derby between July 30 and August 14, 2015 to promote safety as the boating season peaks in the Pilbara and Kimberley.
Mr Adams said the trip had been timed to coincide with the release of the updated free boating guides for Port Hedland and Broome. The Port Hedland guide has been expanded to include Cape Keraudren while the Broome guide now covers waters off Derby to provide a comprehensive guide for safe navigation of the lower Kimberley region.
"At the different locations the trailer will be visiting local boat ramps, caravan parks, schools and attending important community events including FeNaClNG starting on August 1, 2015 at Karratha. Officers will also take the opportunity to meet with DoT's marine safety partners in both regions and speak to boating groups to discuss issues," Mr Adams said.
"The trailer provides an opportunity for local DoT regional officers together with marine safety educators to give skippers tips on safe boating, copies of free boating guides and other free publications and stickers."
Towns, dates and locations are as follows:
- 30 July delivering education at local boat ramp.
- 1 to 2 August attending the FeNaClNG.
- 3 and 14 August visiting local boat ramps and engaging with schools, boating groups and tourism operators.
Wickham / Point Samson / Port Hedland
- 4 August delivering education at local boat ramps
- 7 to 10 August delivering education at local boat ramps,talking to boating groups and tourism operators and attending primary schools.
- 11 August delivering education at local boat ramps. Also attending schools and talking to boating groups and tourism operators.
Skippers operating in waters where flares are a required piece of safety equipment must carry an in date set or risk a $160 fine.
For more information contact the Marine Safety Hotline on 1300 863 308 or visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
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