• Tender released for the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty at Canal Rocks
  • The ramp is located on the Leeuwin Naturaliste coast, about four kilometres south of Yallingup

Local fisherman, divers and tourism operators will soon benefit from a new boat ramp at Canal Rocks, near Yallingup.

A tender has been released by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) for the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty at the popular site in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

The current boat ramp has been operational since the 1970s, with new facilities constructed adjacent to the old ramp in 2002. Over the past decade, it has been at risk of closure due to safety concerns associated with its use.

The new boat ramp will facilitate recreational and commercial vessel operators, as well as the Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue group.

The construction of the Canal Rocks boat ramp is supported by the Department of Transport through a Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant.

DBCA anticipates works to be completed by the end of the year, pending weather conditions.

Tender information can be viewed at http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The McGowan Government supports recreational and commercial access to the State's coastal areas, with community safety the number one priority.

"I'm pleased we've been able to deliver an outcome that addresses safety concerns with the Canal Rocks boat ramp to ensure this vital facility remains open for all users, including volunteer marine rescue services.

"Canal Rocks is a popular destination for visitors who are eager to view the striking coastline of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge while surrounded by the powerful wind and waves that have shaped them over time."

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"The McGowan Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Western Australia's boating community through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.

"Given the enormous popularity of the Canal Rocks site, we're pleased to support the construction of the new boat ramp and jetty to ensure the area remains accessible for all boat users into the future."

Page reviewed 28 Jul 2020