Inviting inlet

Recent works at West Inlet include track widening, improved parking (below) and excavation of the navigation channel (below), allowing boat access at low water.

Leisure. West Inlet Beach is sporting an upgraded track, more room to park and easier access for boats thanks to works completed last week.

The Stanley Chamber of Commerce was one of 10 community groups to be successful in round one of Circular Head Council’s 2013/14 Small Community Grants Scheme.

Through the twice-yearly grants scheme, the council provided $3000 and SCC contributed $500, to widen West Inlet Track and provide parking for boat launching and general visitors to the beach.

At the same time, money allocated by Marine and Safety Tasmania was used to further open up the navigation channel so small craft can access West Inlet at low tide.

In addition, posts were installed to guide boats safely into the launch area.

Previously, the Stanley Chamber of Commerce obtained approval from Crown Land Services to perform this work in the navigation channel.

The channel had been partly blocked during the 1960s when an attempt was made to build a dyke across the entrance to West Inlet so that the land could be farmed. This project failed, and the partly constructed wall has been a problem to boaters ever since.

This work has now resolved the issue and provides a safe fishing environment in all weather conditions.

Stanley Chamber of Commerce chairman Bernard Atkins said West Inlet Beach has long proven popular for fishing and recreation among locals and tourists, with the upgrade already “drawing people to the district”.

“It’s a good place to take little tackers . . . people can take families there and fish off the rocks, have a picnic,” he said.

“We’re really pleased with the whole project. It’s really been a top project for the area, not just Stanley, but the whole community. It’s a very good asset.”

Mr Atkins asked visitors to the area to respect the natural environment and keep the area tidy for others.

“We just ask that people don’t leave any rubbish there. We’ve done the service for people to be able to use it, and we want them to respect it as well and take rubbish with them.”

Mr Atkins thanked local businesspeople whose assistance allowed the project to be completed on such a low budget.

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