New boardwalk plan

The new boardwalk at Moore River would link the gazebo with the beach.
The new boardwalk at Moore River would link the gazebo with the beach.

The boardwalk is expected to cost about $300,000 and will join the existing path and gazebo with the beach.

An existing path had been one of the top tourist spots in Guilderton for a decade before it was closed after being damaged by a rock fall in late 2010.

Shire ceo Jeremy Edwards said funding was being sought from Coastwest, NRM Community Grants and Lotterywest.

He said council endorsed planning approval for the major project at its July 16 meeting.

‘We will wait on advice from the funding bodies in relation to this project and we hope that if we receive a favourable response then the project will be completed by January 2014,’ he said.

Mr Edwards said the boardwalk was part of an overall redesign of the Guilderton foreshore.

‘Stage 1 is the boardwalk then council is looking at installing a floating jetty as Stage 2 of the development.

‘We are also looking at putting a pontoon in the middle of the river, similar to Hillarys Boat Harbour.’

Mr Edwards said council was investigating the viability of constructing the boardwalk out of a plastic composite material to reduce future maintenance costs.

Branchy’s Holiday Homes owner Dot Branch said a new boardwalk would be a welcome addition for the community.

‘With all the people we have up here in the summer holiday times, it’s most definitely needed for the permanent residents and the holidaymakers,’ she said.

‘I have been living in the town nearly 50 years and know that boardwalk does need to be fixed up as soon as possible.’

Mr Edwards said the council was also considering what other types of facilities could be provided to keep tourists coming to the area.