Boat launching facility to be built at Ledge Point

Boat launching facility to be built at Ledge Point

LEDGE Point will be the site for a future boat launching facility, the Shire of Gingin decided this month.

President David Roe said the council resolved to endorse the coastal town as the preferred site for an open boat-launching facility at its November council meeting.

A 2015 study by coastal engineers MP Rogers Associates found the two most suitable locations were Ledge Point and Lancelin.

“The Shire of Gingin requested the Minister for Transport to provide assistance in further guiding Council in making a determination as to the preferred location of the boat-launching facility,” Cr Roe said.

He said the Shire received a letter from the minister, Bill Marmion on November 15 that supported Ledge Point as the preferred location.

“The major contributing factor to the decision is navigational access through near-shore reefs,” Cr Roe said.

“Ledge Point has the access required for this type of facility and also has the flexibility for expansion.

“In addition to the endorsement of Ledge Point as preferred site, Council agreed to undertake preliminary design work and costings for development of Old Ledge Point Road to link the town sites of Ledge Point and Lancelin, should construction of the ocean boat launching facility proceed.

“Council also agreed to commission a concept design for a low-level boat ramp to be located within Lancelin Bay in the vicinity of Department of Transport’s existing fuel jetty.

“The emphasis for the Shire now is to proceed to detailed design and tender specifications for the open boat-launching facility, to be completed by June 30, 2017.

“The Shire will also commence discussions with Department of Transport and the State Government to explore funding options for this infrastructure.”

Cr Roe said the facility would support tourism, economic development and community wellbeing in the Shire, making Ledge Point a regional destination point.

The council will hold a special meeting on November 22 at the Wangaree Community Centre in Lancelin to consider the Lancelin South stage two structure plan.