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Shire of Denmark closes Ocean Beach boat ramp due to erosion safety concerns

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Marine rescue and the DSLC will retain the right to use the ramp to conduct their duties. 
Camera IconMarine rescue and the DSLC will retain the right to use the ramp to conduct their duties.  Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Erosion and increased pedestrian and vehicle congestion have led to a decision to temporarily close the Ocean Beach boat ramp from this Friday, December 23.

The Shire of Denmark said the joint decision was prompted by safety concerns following discussions with representatives from Denmark police, Denmark Surf Life Saving Club, marine rescue, and the Denmark Boating and Angling Club.

Marine rescue and the DSLC will retain the right to use the ramp to conduct their duties.

A surf school permit holder has also been granted permission to park near the ramp.

The Shire has advised that no other exemptions for private or public use will be considered due to the “unacceptable safety risk”.

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The safety of the ramp’s situation will be monitored throughout January before the closure is reviewed at the end of the month.

The nearest alternative ocean boat launch sites are Perry Beach, Peaceful Bay and Albany.

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