Lights Beach Project update

Published on Monday, 2 November 2020 at 3:14:33 PM

The popular Lights Beach precinct will be undergoing a much-needed upgrade over the coming months designed to improve safety and accessibility for all users.

The Lights Beach Upgrade will not commence until Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions announce the completion of their works at William Bay National Park. This ensures the community and visitors can access the coast and continue their recreational pursuits. The project is predicted to commence in mid-November and aimed to be completed by late April 2021.

The car park will be closed during construction for safety reasons, but the Shire of Denmark is working towards re-opening the car park for the summer holiday period to allow the community and visitors to access the area.

Director Assets and Sustainable Development, David King said, “The timing of the planned works is critical to ensure its completion before winter months, where weather will greatly impact the project”.

“The aim is for local contractors to complete the major earthworks component before the start of the summer holidays. The car park will be re-opened for the summer period and then closed from February 2021 until late April when it is estimated to be completed’’, Mr King said

The concept plan was developed by the Shire’s Lights Beach Concept Plan Working Group made up of community members, Shire staff and Councillors, with input from the Shire’s Disability Services Advisory Committee.

Lights Beach upgrades seek to rectify current issues to increase safety and to enable people with mobility issues to enjoy the area. Plans include upgrades to the carpark to reduce accidents, allow for disabled parking, create better drainage to protect the environment, a new water wise ablution block and a bench to sit and view Lights Beach.

‘’The aim is to retain the natural beauty, protect the environment, increase safety and enable people of all abilities to access the viewing platform at Lights Beach. These upgrades are thanks to project-specific federal funding that requires works to be completed by the end of this financial year’’, he said.

The Shire in partnership with the Department for Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will divert the Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi Trail around the car park to ensure the safety of trail users. There will be diversion maps available with notices placed in nearby huts and at access points to the car park.

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