Land Use Framework floated for Onslow’s Beadon Creek Boat Harbour

Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

The Shire of Ashburton is working with the Department of Transport (DoT) to guide land use and development in Onslow’s Beadon Creek Boat Harbour precinct.

As part of the DoT’s draft Land Use Framework for the harbour, Shire President Kerry White said that the DoT is planning a Community Boating Precinct, which will comprise the existing boat launching area and drainage channel, as well as a marina located at the future adjacent lot.

“Currently, the proposed Community Boating Precinct appears to address community and Shire concerns relating to the changing land uses within the harbour area,” affirmed Cr White.

“The proposed marina is designed to cater primarily to charter, recreational and other non-resource vessels, plus there is also the potential for a fishing platform and public recreational areas.”

With the DoT indicating that it intends to restrict access to the wharf due to public safety concerns, the fishing platform will ensure that the local community can continue to fish in the harbour.

“Determining the optimal design for the new Community Boating Precinct will be a group effort,” said Cr White. “We have requested that the DoT establishes a working group that will comprise the DoT and the Shire as well as key stakeholders and members of the local community.

“We are looking forward to working with the DoT and the local community to ensure that the area remains accessible to the residents of Onslow as it continues to develop.”

It is proposed that the Land Use Framework for the harbour will be finalised by the end of August 2014 and used to assess the potential of the new development.