Grant paves way for 40 Mile Beach foreshore work

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
40 Mile Beach.
Camera Icon40 Mile Beach. Credit: Supplied

Locals and tourists alike flock to 40 Mile for outdoor adventures, and now the popular coastal recreation spot is set to benefit from foreshore enhancement works.

The area, also known as Gnoorea, is 60km south-west of Karratha and includes about 11km of determined Native Title land for the Yabrurara and Coastal Mardudhunera people.

The enhancement works come as suggestions from the council’s Gnoorea (40 Mile Beach) Foreshore Management Plan and are possible because of State Government funding.

The $97,000 grant from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will allow the City to improve camp sites and rehabilitate vegetation and dunes, which have been affected 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 under way in Karratha, Point Samson, Wickham and Dampier,” he said.

“The application for funding was submitted in partnership with the Yabrurara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation and the foreshore enhancement works will be carried out with Marduthani Rangers on-country.”

The first stage of the works will coincide with the designated camping season from May 1 to September 30.

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