Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct

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What you love, need and wish for this recreation space

Using the ideas and feedback provided by our community we have developed a concept plan for the Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct.

About the Project

READ THE LATEST MEDIA RELEASE HERE

The proposed Ocean to Channel project aims to retain and enhance the key recreational and amenity values of the Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct foreshore environments, while ensuring ongoing protection from coastal hazards including enhancements to the Prawn Rock Channel public realm (universal access and dual use pathways, ablutions, lookout), Denmark Surf Life Saving Club building redevelopment to replace the existing end-of-life facilities, and supporting Ocean Beach public realm enhancement.

The proposed project is made up of the following major nodes:

  • Prawn Rock Channel
    • equal access / dual access path and beach access including from the lookout
    • primary and secondary recreational spaces including carparks, shelters, road realignment and ablution block
    • preservation of Aboriginal heritage site, bird sanctuary, dog access and rehabilitation zone
  • Denmark Surf Life Saving Club
    • new fit for purpose club building incorporating passive and active energy efficiency in design
    • new accessways (timber stairs, first floor access, beach access, vehicular access)
  • Ocean Beach
    • amenity enhancements (lookout, memorial benches, seating and terraced walls, grassed terraces, shelter and BBQ)

Community Consultation

Community and key stakeholder consultation has been ongoing over the past 12 months. Consultation involved engaging with the community through a variety of mediums including one on one meetings, site meetings, written responses, telephone responses, survey and background information provided through YourDenmark.wa.gov.au.

Consultation Key Stages

Stage 1

In 2015, consideration was given to development of the Prawn Rock Channel Precinct and a concept plan was developed. The concept plan identified and provided solutions to a number of the issues, however since 2015, visitation to Denmark has grown exponentially heightening issues to a point where new solutions are required.

The first stage of community consultation set out to determine what the community loved, needed and wished for the Ocean Beach to Prawn Rock Recreational Precinct. The mediums used to gather this feedback were:

  • Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct page on YourDenmark.wa.gov.au. This page includes background documents (including Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaption Plan 2018), a Frequently Asked Questions section, a map of the precinct and a dedicated survey question about the proposed Surf Life Saving Club building.
  • Static displays with hard copies to allow people to submit at the Recreation Centre and Library.
  • Signage at Prawn Rock and Ocean Beach explaining the project and directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.
  • One on one meetings with interested community members and stakeholders including the Wilson Inlet Restoration Group, Denmark Environment Centre, South Coast Bush care, Denmark Bird Group & Department of Planning Lands & Heritage – Aboriginal Heritage.
  • Shire website and Facebook page directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.

Once this stage closed, Shire officers compiled the feedback and developed a one page You Told Us information sheet for the community to view. Shire officers engaged a local landscape architect to develop high level concept plans based on the community feedback.

Stage 2

Two concept designs were developed and presented to the community asking for their preference.

The mediums used to gather this feedback were:

  • Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct page on YourDenmark.wa.gov.au. This includes background information including the one page summary of the communities feedback and Flora & Fauna Survey Summary 2020 conducted by Biodiverse Solutions, the two concept designs with an explanation of the pros and cons for both and a poll asking the community for their preferred option and explanations around some of the ideas that are not possible within this precinct.
  • Static displays with hard copies to allow people to submit at the Recreation Centre and Library.
  • Signage at Prawn Rock and Ocean Beach explaining the project and directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.
  • One on one meetings with interested community members and stakeholders including Wilson Inlet Restoration Group, Denmark Environment Centre, South Coast Bush care, Denmark Bird Group & Minang representatives that formed the Working Group to provide input into the Aboriginal Heritage Study.
  • Shire website and Facebook page directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.

Community Consultation Summary

  • 2,900 visits to the online site
  • 148 engaged (voted in either or both surveys/polls)
  • 689 informed (downloaded a document, viewed a video, read the FAQs)
  • 1,800 aware (visited at least one page)
  • 33 responses to the Surf Club facility survey.
  • 111 contributors to poll on the preferred option (404 downloads of the two options)
  • 36 contributors to the Ideas Map.
  • 75.7% preferred Option 2 and 24.3% preferred Option 1

The polls might be closed but consultation isn't over. Please contact us via email or phone if you have any comments, questions or ideas.

Where the Project is at Now

The Concept Design was presented to and adopted by Council at the May Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 18 May 2021. (It is important to note that the proposed high-level concept is not a detailed design.)

Identified key stakeholders in this project will be consulted further on different aspects of the project. Their input and feedback will be valuable if the proposal progresses to a more detailed design phase. The Shire has submitted an application with the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund and will receive notification on the status of the application early in the new financial year (2021/2022). The funding is crucial to delivering large parts of the proposed concept.

UPDATE: In October 2021, the Shire was notified the application to the BBRF was unsuccessful. Read more about the implications of this news here.


Your Questions

Why can't we have a permanent boat ramp?

A boat ramp would require major infrastructure including a breakwater to protect it as it would be located in the active erosion zone. The development of a breakwater is outside the scope of this precinct project.

Why can't we leave it the way it is?

This popular area is under intense service pressure, major issues such as the ones identified as part of the feedback including the lack of toilet facilities, road safety issues, parking and general access need to be addressed to meet the community needs. This precinct is enjoyed by the whole community and addressing these issues will ensure reduced risks for users into the future.

What about the bird sanctuary?

We have received a proposal for a bird sanctuary within the Prawn Rock Channel precinct. Details about the proposal can be found on our 'Dog Friendly Spaces' community consultation page.

See the full Frequently Asked Questions page here


Ocean Beach to Prawn Rock Channel Recreation Precinct

Ocean Beach is situated between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean only a few kilometres from Denmark townsite. It is a perfect spot for surfing, swimming and general recreation. The Denmark Surf Life Saving Club is also located at Ocean Beach.

This project will look at a proposed new Surf Life Saving Club building, this facility is intended for community use and we would like you to tell us what you would like to see included. Please refer to our frequently asked questions to find out more and answer our survey question below to have your say.

Prawn Rock Channel is located where the Wilson Inlet flows into the Southern Ocean at Ocean Beach. Prawn Rock Channel is a popular spot for recreational water sports and fishing. The future configuration of the Prawn Rock Channel recreational spaces is a crucial part of the planning for the wider Ocean Beach area and its environment.


How to get involved:

  • Familiarise yourself with the background documents.
  • Read our frequently asked questions.
  • Contact us with your questions, ideas and feedback via email oceantochannelprecinct@denmark.wa.gov.au or phone 9848 0300.


What you love, need and wish for this recreation space

Using the ideas and feedback provided by our community we have developed a concept plan for the Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct.

About the Project

READ THE LATEST MEDIA RELEASE HERE

The proposed Ocean to Channel project aims to retain and enhance the key recreational and amenity values of the Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct foreshore environments, while ensuring ongoing protection from coastal hazards including enhancements to the Prawn Rock Channel public realm (universal access and dual use pathways, ablutions, lookout), Denmark Surf Life Saving Club building redevelopment to replace the existing end-of-life facilities, and supporting Ocean Beach public realm enhancement.

The proposed project is made up of the following major nodes:

  • Prawn Rock Channel
    • equal access / dual access path and beach access including from the lookout
    • primary and secondary recreational spaces including carparks, shelters, road realignment and ablution block
    • preservation of Aboriginal heritage site, bird sanctuary, dog access and rehabilitation zone
  • Denmark Surf Life Saving Club
    • new fit for purpose club building incorporating passive and active energy efficiency in design
    • new accessways (timber stairs, first floor access, beach access, vehicular access)
  • Ocean Beach
    • amenity enhancements (lookout, memorial benches, seating and terraced walls, grassed terraces, shelter and BBQ)

Community Consultation

Community and key stakeholder consultation has been ongoing over the past 12 months. Consultation involved engaging with the community through a variety of mediums including one on one meetings, site meetings, written responses, telephone responses, survey and background information provided through YourDenmark.wa.gov.au.

Consultation Key Stages

Stage 1

In 2015, consideration was given to development of the Prawn Rock Channel Precinct and a concept plan was developed. The concept plan identified and provided solutions to a number of the issues, however since 2015, visitation to Denmark has grown exponentially heightening issues to a point where new solutions are required.

The first stage of community consultation set out to determine what the community loved, needed and wished for the Ocean Beach to Prawn Rock Recreational Precinct. The mediums used to gather this feedback were:

  • Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct page on YourDenmark.wa.gov.au. This page includes background documents (including Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaption Plan 2018), a Frequently Asked Questions section, a map of the precinct and a dedicated survey question about the proposed Surf Life Saving Club building.
  • Static displays with hard copies to allow people to submit at the Recreation Centre and Library.
  • Signage at Prawn Rock and Ocean Beach explaining the project and directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.
  • One on one meetings with interested community members and stakeholders including the Wilson Inlet Restoration Group, Denmark Environment Centre, South Coast Bush care, Denmark Bird Group & Department of Planning Lands & Heritage – Aboriginal Heritage.
  • Shire website and Facebook page directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.

Once this stage closed, Shire officers compiled the feedback and developed a one page You Told Us information sheet for the community to view. Shire officers engaged a local landscape architect to develop high level concept plans based on the community feedback.

Stage 2

Two concept designs were developed and presented to the community asking for their preference.

The mediums used to gather this feedback were:

  • Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct page on YourDenmark.wa.gov.au. This includes background information including the one page summary of the communities feedback and Flora & Fauna Survey Summary 2020 conducted by Biodiverse Solutions, the two concept designs with an explanation of the pros and cons for both and a poll asking the community for their preferred option and explanations around some of the ideas that are not possible within this precinct.
  • Static displays with hard copies to allow people to submit at the Recreation Centre and Library.
  • Signage at Prawn Rock and Ocean Beach explaining the project and directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.
  • One on one meetings with interested community members and stakeholders including Wilson Inlet Restoration Group, Denmark Environment Centre, South Coast Bush care, Denmark Bird Group & Minang representatives that formed the Working Group to provide input into the Aboriginal Heritage Study.
  • Shire website and Facebook page directing people to the various mediums to provide their feedback.

Community Consultation Summary

  • 2,900 visits to the online site
  • 148 engaged (voted in either or both surveys/polls)
  • 689 informed (downloaded a document, viewed a video, read the FAQs)
  • 1,800 aware (visited at least one page)
  • 33 responses to the Surf Club facility survey.
  • 111 contributors to poll on the preferred option (404 downloads of the two options)
  • 36 contributors to the Ideas Map.
  • 75.7% preferred Option 2 and 24.3% preferred Option 1

The polls might be closed but consultation isn't over. Please contact us via email or phone if you have any comments, questions or ideas.

Where the Project is at Now

The Concept Design was presented to and adopted by Council at the May Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 18 May 2021. (It is important to note that the proposed high-level concept is not a detailed design.)

Identified key stakeholders in this project will be consulted further on different aspects of the project. Their input and feedback will be valuable if the proposal progresses to a more detailed design phase. The Shire has submitted an application with the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund and will receive notification on the status of the application early in the new financial year (2021/2022). The funding is crucial to delivering large parts of the proposed concept.

UPDATE: In October 2021, the Shire was notified the application to the BBRF was unsuccessful. Read more about the implications of this news here.


Your Questions

Why can't we have a permanent boat ramp?

A boat ramp would require major infrastructure including a breakwater to protect it as it would be located in the active erosion zone. The development of a breakwater is outside the scope of this precinct project.

Why can't we leave it the way it is?

This popular area is under intense service pressure, major issues such as the ones identified as part of the feedback including the lack of toilet facilities, road safety issues, parking and general access need to be addressed to meet the community needs. This precinct is enjoyed by the whole community and addressing these issues will ensure reduced risks for users into the future.

What about the bird sanctuary?

We have received a proposal for a bird sanctuary within the Prawn Rock Channel precinct. Details about the proposal can be found on our 'Dog Friendly Spaces' community consultation page.

See the full Frequently Asked Questions page here


Ocean Beach to Prawn Rock Channel Recreation Precinct

Ocean Beach is situated between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean only a few kilometres from Denmark townsite. It is a perfect spot for surfing, swimming and general recreation. The Denmark Surf Life Saving Club is also located at Ocean Beach.

This project will look at a proposed new Surf Life Saving Club building, this facility is intended for community use and we would like you to tell us what you would like to see included. Please refer to our frequently asked questions to find out more and answer our survey question below to have your say.

Prawn Rock Channel is located where the Wilson Inlet flows into the Southern Ocean at Ocean Beach. Prawn Rock Channel is a popular spot for recreational water sports and fishing. The future configuration of the Prawn Rock Channel recreational spaces is a crucial part of the planning for the wider Ocean Beach area and its environment.


How to get involved:

  • Familiarise yourself with the background documents.
  • Read our frequently asked questions.
  • Contact us with your questions, ideas and feedback via email oceantochannelprecinct@denmark.wa.gov.au or phone 9848 0300.


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Ocean to Channel Recreation Ideas Map

almost 2 years

Thinking of the project areas, drag and drop a pin on the map and tell us:

  • What you love about these areas?
  • What needs work?
  • What amenities are needed and what would you like to see improved?

If you have a brilliant idea for our community space then also drop it in here. You can add a comment and even attach photos of your ideas.

CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.
Page last updated: 11 Oct 2021, 02:31 PM