A tender has been awarded to upgrade the Canal Rocks boat ramp and jetty along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast, Western Australia.
Advanteering Civil Engineers will start upgrades to the jetty and boat ramp, about four kilometres south of Yallingup.
The upgrade will see the existing ramps and jetty replaced by a newly aligned boat ramp and a 1.8 metre-wide, wheelchair accessible jetty that extends 48 metres seaward.
The project aims to address safety concerns raised by emergency services and other users of the facility.
The WA Government has invested 1.6 million into the upgrades through a combination of a Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant from the Department of Transport, and funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).
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WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said Canal Rocks is an important facility for both recreational users and tourism operators and the works will allow people to enjoy the site safely.
“The McGowan Government’s initiatives to encourage regional tourism will no doubt see more people visiting this area in the future,” he said.
“It’s also great to see a Western Australian business carrying out the works, which will generate local jobs and boost the local economy.”
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Western Australia’s boating community through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.
“Given the popularity of the Canal Rocks site with locals and tourists alike, I’m pleased we’re able to support the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty,” she said.
“With the construction tender now awarded, works can commence next month supporting local jobs.”
Works are due to start early next month with the site ready for use towards the end of January 2021.
The boat ramp and jetty will be closed for up to three months during construction.