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Visitor facilities improvements at Fortescue Falls continue

New steps, platforms and rails at Fortescue Falls, Karijini National Park
New steps, platforms and rails at Fortescue Falls, Karijini National Park Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has recently installed new steps, platforms and handrails to significantly improve access to the popular Fortescue Falls in Karijini National Park.

Parks and Wildlife senior operations officer Geoff Passmore said the works were part of the redevelopment of the Fortescue Falls walk trail and involved the realignment of the trail’s middle section.

“We wanted to include a new lookout so visitors could stop, take a break and get some great photos of the falls,” Mr Passmore said.

“One of the main objectives of the project was to provide a safe walk on a moderate gradient offering a range of stunning views.

“It was also important for the construction materials to be durable and visually attractive, so we used raw steel to blend in with the environment and the iron-rich gorge walls.”

Mr Passmore said some of the metal structures were prefabricated by Parks and Wildlife Swan Region staff in their Jarrahdale workshop, as part of the Parks and Wildlife remote regions program.

“The Perth-based work crew was then sent to the Pilbara to finalise construction onsite over a four-week period in July,” he said.

“These works presented an extreme physical challenge, with staff having to carry in materials and use welders, grinders and other hot works.”

Mr Passmore said the upgrade project began in 2014, with work to construct 60m of raised platform from the bottom of Fortescue Falls to the middle section.

“The final phase of the project is likely to be completed to the top of the gorge in May 2016,” he said.

 

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