Beach users will still be able to access Kilcarnup and its surrounding coastal areas under a new plan for the region’s management was settled last week.
South West MLC Barry House said the plan, pieced together by the Department of Environment and Conservation and local stakeholders, was a win for the community.
Although yet to be signed off by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, DEC corporate executive and WA Conservation Commission, the plan recommended continued access to Kilcarnup, Joeys Nose and Gnoocardup by four-wheel-drive only.
“There will also be areas dedicated to careful management and rehabilitation,” Mr House said.
“Some much-needed improvements will be made to the access tracks and there will be provision of passing bays for vehicles.”
A re-alignment of the Cape-to-Cape track was also on the cards and improved directory signage was flagged to better protect the region.
Boats could still be launched from Kilcarnup, Mr House said.
The Kilcarnup, Joeys Nose and Gnoocardup Recreation Group’s 160 adult members had received the plan well, according to convener Marc Halsall.
“We went to the members with pro formers to tick off what they approved and we didn’t get much negative feedback at all,” he said.
He said the group did compromise on the access of Joeys Nose via Sanky’s and deferred a decision on letting dogs into the now national park area to the Shire and DEC.
The draft plan has been more than six months in the making after DEC effectively shut down the site after last year’s bushfires.
A gate and several makeshift road blocks were built at the entrance and along the tracks giving access to the beaches of the region, which was repeatedly vandalised by users.
Mr Halsall expected the plan to front the council and go out for public advertising next month.