Emu Point boardwalk vision nets $145,000 Nationals WA pledge

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
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An artist's impression of the proposed Emu Point Boardwalk.
Camera IconAn artist's impression of the proposed Emu Point Boardwalk. Credit: Supplied

A community vision for a raised wooden boardwalk from Emu Point could inch closer to reality with the Nationals WA committing $145,000 for a feasibility study into the structure, if the party is elected on Saturday.

Nationals WA leader Mia Davies was in town yesterday to drive home the party’s latest commitment for the Albany electorate.

The proposed boardwalk and dual-use path would provide about 1.3km link in the Kinjarling coastal trail connecting Vancouver Peninsula to the Oyster Harbour fish traps and eventually Great Southern Grammar.

The funding would be used to complete preliminary plans including a route, interpretive signage, viewing platforms and construction systems to minimise impact on the surrounding wetlands.

“It’s a pretty sensitive wetland area across the mouth of Yakamia Creek and what’s being considered is state-of-the-art technology, so there is a minimal impact,” she said.

Nationals WA leader Mia Davies, Friends of Emu Point member Angus Woithe.
Camera IconNationals WA leader Mia Davies, Friends of Emu Point member Angus Woithe. Credit: Sarah Makse/ Albany Advertiser

“It’s a key link to connect the two residential areas and at the moment it is quite pertinent because we have Harvest Road making their announcements of the development of the marina.

“It is a really important time to make sure we allow that pedestrian access either through the site or around the rear.”

“ So it is perfect timing to make sure the coastal trail links in with the whole of that precinct development.”

Friends of Emu Point member Angus Woithe said the funding would start the ball rolling on the project.

“It’s a long pipeline but we’ve got to start somewhere and this is a start,” he said.

“The idea is for this to go right down to Bayonet Head, Oyster Harbour, the fish traps and around to Great Southern Grammar.

“It’s going to be iconic.”

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