Input sought on Denmark’s channel area

Emma TaylorAlbany Advertiser

The Shire of Denmark is calling for public input on two concept plans to address access and safety issues at the Prawn Rock Channel precinct near Ocean Beach.

The key issue addressed by the two designs is access to roads which are used by local and tourist traffic, as well as heavy haulage.

There are safety concerns because of the significant pedestrian access so close to the road.

A summary of feedback highlighted community priorities, such as the installation of toilets and other amenities, protection of birdlife, and improved access, parking and road safety.

Dog-friendly areas and recreational fishing access were also important to the public. The two concepts also take into account Aboriginal heritage sites and environmental concerns.

Shire of Denmark president Ceinwen Gearon said although people wanted the area to stay as it was, there was a significant need to consider fresh ideas.

“The intensity of service pressure on the area with particular regard to accessibility for all members of the community, the current road safety concerns, and lack of toilet facilities means these issues need to be addressed for the future benefit of the community,” Cr Gearon said.

“The need for change does not diminish the importance of community concerns, which is why we are also inviting community comments and consultation via phone and email in addition to the voting poll.”

Consultation is open until late January to all residents online and via community consultation booths at the Denmark Library and Denmark Recreation Centre.

For details on the plans, visit bit.ly/3oj11Db.

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