New boardwalk will link path to beach

An aerial shot of the new Guilderton boardwalk area at Moore River, together with plan details.
An aerial shot of the new Guilderton boardwalk area at Moore River, together with plan details.

The boardwalk is expected to cost about $270,000 and will join the existing path and gazebo on the beach in Moore River.

An existing boardwalk 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 chief Jeremy Edwards said funding was being sought from Coastwest, NRM Community Grants and Lotterywest.

‘The boardwalk is part of an overall redesign of the Guilderton foreshore where the Shire is looking at constructing a floating jetty and pontoon, and upgrading the boat-launching facility in Moore River,’ Mr Edwards said.

The Moore River Pedestrian Access Development concept plan outlines the newly-proposed re-alignment and construction of the Guilderton boardwalk.

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

‘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 project was high priority for council.

‘The proposed new location will provide safe, disabled access pathway connectivity from the Guilderton foreshore recreational area to the beach foreshore.’

The project is also expected to deliver a number of environmental benefits, including measures to protect the native sand dunes.

Areas surrounding the dunes will be revegetated after being affected severely by beachgoers accessing the foreshore.