Have your say on the proposed Pretty Pool footbridge and pathway network

What is this consultation about?

In February 2020, Council endorsed the Pretty Pool Creek concept path, boardwalk and bridge design and sough public feedback. The report presented to Council investigated three alternate bridge and boardwalk alignments for a link between Pretty Pool and Cooke Point localities. Council decided that option 1 was the most appropriate, due to its minimal impact on the surrounding flora and fauna and shorter bridge and boardwalk lengths resulting in significant cost benefits. 

The concept design features an aluminium footbridge running over Pretty Pool creek, connecting Matheson Drive with footpaths adjacent to Cooke Point residence. The objective of the bridge and boardwalk concept design is to further activate the Pretty Pool residential area, giving local residents a new and improved walkway to enjoy the area's unique natural beauty. 

Who completed the report?

The report's contents were put together by consultants M P Rogers and Associates, who investigated three options for Council's deliberation. Option 1, the preferred option, is situated on land with the least susceptibility to coastline movement, minimises impacts to mangroves and surrounding vegetation and has a reduced footprint within the Aboriginal Registered Site. 

Is the concept design safe for the environment?

We understand and appreciate that Pretty Pool is one of Hedland's natural wonders: the area's vegetation communities are an essential habitat for terrestrial fauna, including migratory shorebirds and wetland species. The endorsed concept design option avoids the mangrove and samphire flat vegetation communities. Further, as the area is a habitat for Flatback Turtles, any development will follow the Department of Environment and Energy's lighting guidelines to reduce pathway light intensity and impact.

Is option 1 the only option?

No - although option 1 was endorsed by Council, we are open to residents and stakeholders perusing option 2 and 3 and providing their feedback on these as well. 

Where can I find more information?

Click here to view the M P Rogers and Associates report, from page 212: https://www.porthedland.wa.gov.au/council-meetings/ordinary-council-meeting/ordinary-council-meeting-26-february-2020/129/documents/20200226-attachments-under-separate-cover.pdf 

How can I provide feedback?

Simply fill in a comment below, fill in your details and press submit. We thank you for providing feedback, due to the significant long term benefits of this development.

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Parking on Cooke Point side

There is not enough space available now for Stairway to the moon Visitors. Need to consider a purpose built car park for those people that want to jog, exercise or just access the other side from Cooke point.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:40:38 AM

Brilliant idea

As a rate payer, being able to walk/ run/ cycle to and from Port Hedland from South without interacting with traffic would be a worthwhile investment in this town. A scenic route is a fantastic idea. The other issue is getting from the Salt to this proposed bridge. Please ensure that two-way cycling traffic needs to be assured in the bridge. Please make it wide enough for this safety reason.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:40:44 AM

Security and facilities

If the intent is to attract people you're bound to attract all types of people. What are the plans for security? The park at pretty pool is already to small. Improvements in the size of the park and facilities should be completed at the same time as any improved access.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:40:51 AM

New foot bridge Pretty pool to Cooke Point

Hi feel the option choosen is of best benefit to the community. The bridge design is appropriate many options sourced & there appears to be limited destruction to the environment. Low lighting will ensure it can be used at night as well as day. The views following the beach will be a draw card to visitors in future times.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:40:55 AM


Please build it asap. Its great.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:41:01 AM

From your Freeman of the Town

I believe Port Hedland have a lot more things they need to spend money on rather than a bridge to a Beach. Where/when to house their oldest citizens, how to enable people who have houses and businesses in the West End to either have some support as their assets have devalued through no fault of their own , either go with or stop talking about a Marina, Landscape and tidy up Sth Hedland. Bring some life back into the town by fixing the pools, the waterpark, the free BBQs. Just a few suggestions from someone who has to live in Perth for Health reasons. And put some money into the Health Services and some control into the Schools.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:41:07 AM

All for it

I’ve thought this was a great idea for years. Hopefully local vendors can be used.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:41:15 AM

Great about time

This is a very positive thing, back in the early 80s there was talk but was stopped as someone had their yacht up in the creek. Option 1 looks like it is the way to go, finally connecting Cooke Point with Pretty Pool. People can still paddle board, swim, fish and just use this special area of beach and water. Another great sign for the town.

Posted: 31/03/2020 11:41:20 AM