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Canal Rocks boat ramp to remain open for all users

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced that the popular Canal Rocks boat ramp, near Yallingup, will remain open to all users.

The boat ramp has been in operation since the 1970s, with new facilities constructed adjacent to the old ramp in 2002.

Over the past decade, the boat ramp has been at risk of closure due to safety concerns associated with its use.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) engaged marine consultancy, Marico Marine, to undertake an independent risk assessment of the boat ramp, which included a community workshop with key stakeholders.

The report recommended the Canal Rocks boat ramp remain open for public use, with ongoing works to improve its safety. This would include moving the finger jetty to the western side of the ramp and increasing its width to allow for safer use. It also recommended that the ramp be realigned to better suit the predominant wave direction.

While upgrades are planned, DBCA will keep the boat ramp open to all users and will install improved signage to better inform users of any risks associated with its use.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The Canal Rocks boat ramp is highly valued by local fishermen, divers and tourism operators, and I know many will be relieved to hear that it won't have restricted access.

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

"I'm happy to announce that a decision has been made to keep the boat ramp open to all users, with ongoing works to mitigate any potential risks."