THE new Coogee Maritime Trail has been recognised at the 2017 Western Australian Coastal Award for Excellence.
The land and underwater-based dive and snorkel trail was opened in February as an eco-tourism attraction that incorporates sustainability, education and nature with the Omeo shipwreck.
The City of Cockburn was awarded a special commendation in the Local Government category for the work done to create the trail.
More elements have been added to the trail recently with an old railway wheel and admiralty anchor, dated to the turn of the 19th century and discovered during the excavation of Elizabeth Quay, sunk to join the artificial reef.
The Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance was also recognised, winning the Coastal Planning Award for the Cockburn Sound Coastal Vulnerability and Flexible Adaptation Pathways project.
Planning minister Rita Saffioti said the recognition was well deserved.
“I congratulate the members of the awarded groups… for their achievements and the great work they do in maintaining and caring for our precious coastline,” she said.
“These awards highlight the importance of the coastline to our way of life and the value of the wonderful individuals and groups committed to caring for it.”