A 150m-long jetty will be built at the picturesque Point Samson as part of a major facelift for the popular destination. The project marks the start of the second stage of the Point Samson Foreshore Management Plan to rejuvenate the area. The Point Samson Comm-unity Association had been pursuing the construction of a viewing platform and fishing jetty since the original jetty was damaged in 1989 by cyclone Orson and removed in 1991. A Point Samson Foreshore Implementation Plan, made by the City of Karratha in 2015, identified the construction of a viewing platform and fishing-platform jetty as long-term recreation infrastructure for the site. The council agreed in 2017 to progress the first stage Point Samson Viewing Platform and in 2018 works began on phase one of the project. These works included a public decking area and lookout at Miller Close carpark, dune rehabilitation, and shade shelters installed at Town Beach. At an ordinary meeting last month, City of Karratha councillors passed a motion to agree to the project objectives and invite tenders for the detailed investigation and design documentation. The council had committed $150,000 towards the investigation and design of the Point Samson Fishing Platform in the 2019/2020 Budget with part of the expenditure expected to be carried forward into the next financial year. An estimate for the detailed investigations and design documentation of the project by the GHD group gave a cost of $462,400. City of Karratha mayor Peter Long said the jetty had been in the planning stage for several years and the council was pleased to see it moving ahead. “Enhancing the amenity of our coastal assets is a priority for council, and the City has worked closely with the Point Samson Community Association, who have been the driving force behind this long-term project,” he said. “This development aims to provide a safe recreational fishing facility for the community and visitors that reflects the history, lifestyle and tourism focus of the town. “Significant investigations to inform the design will be undertaken over the next 12 months.” The City’s Long Term Financial Plan allocated $2 million for the construction of the fishing platform as a new capital project.