Temporary Closure of Ocean Beach Boat Ramp

Published on Thursday, 15 December 2022 at 2:14:37 PM

From Friday, 23 December 2022, the Shire of Denmark will temporarily close the Ocean Beach boat ramp, citing safety concerns.

Due to erosion, as well as increasing pedestrian and vehicle congestion at the boat launching site, the risks to public safety are no longer acceptable to continue boat launching at Ocean Beach.

Representatives from local Police, Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club, Marine Rescue, Denmark Boating and Angling Club and the Shire have agreed that the decision to close the boat ramp is in the best interests of public safety.

Marine Rescue and the Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club will retain the right to utilise the boat ramp to conduct their duties.

A surf school permit holder will also retain access to park safely near the boat ramp.

The nearest alternative ocean boat launches include Parry Beach, Peaceful Bay and Albany.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will the boat ramp be reopened to the public? We will continue to monitor the situation and will review the decision at the end of January 2023.

Can I apply for an exemption to be allowed to use the boat ramp? The boat ramp closure is due to the unacceptable safety risk. This means no exemptions will be granted for public or private use. The only authorised users of the Ocean Beach boat ramp and track will be Marine Rescue, Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club and the surf school permit holder.

Who do I contact if I have issues or concerns? Our team is available to answer questions about the closure. If you need to get in contact, you can reach us at enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au or at (08) 9848 0300.

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