Broome Boating Facility concept plan endorsed

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Artist impression of the Broome Boating Facility concept plan.
Camera IconArtist impression of the Broome Boating Facility concept plan. Credit: Shire of Broome

Broome residents will be able to have their say on the long-desired safe boating facility after the Shire of Broome unanimously endorsed a concept design plan for the facility.

In a special council meeting held last night , the Broome Boating Facility Advisory Group sought council endorsement for their concept plans for the facility.

The Broome Boating Facility is slated to be constructed at a site between the Port of Broome and Entrance Point that would include a groyne for protection from the wind and water, multiple ramps and a jetty.

The endorsement was met with a round of applause from the public gallery.

The State Government has already allocated $1 million to develop a business case and feasibility study for the project.

For the next four weeks, the public would be able to complete a survey to give their thoughts on the site and what is planned for the facility.

The Shire has also launched a website containing images and background information about the planned Broome Boating Facility, will hold several community information sessions, and produce information displays at various spots around town including the Broome Fishing Club, Paspaley Plaza, Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre, Tackle World and the Broome Public Library.

The concept designs propose the development of the boating facility at Entrance Point which will include four ramp lanes, up to two-finger jetties, sheltering arms adjacent to the ramp and a detached offshore breakwater to screen larger waves, on-site trailer parking and a dedicated access road from Kavite Road.

Several members of the Dinosaur Coast Management Group expressed concern about having limited consultation with the Shire in regards to the boating facility’s potential impact on existing dinosaur tracks at the site.

However, Shire chief executive Sam Mastrolembo assured them the Shire would continue to work closely with the group as they had been in consultation with each other for the past 18 months.

“This is only a concept plan which will need broader community consultation,” he said.

“We also had researchers from the University of Queensland study the site and assess the risk of construction impacting on the dinosaur tracks.

“We will continue working closely with the Dinosaur Coast Management Group to ensure the design does not impact on the tracks.”

To have your say, visit the Broome Boating Facility website at https://broomeboatingfacility.com.au

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