Water Corporation is set to open the Wilson Inlet sandbar in Denmark, following discussions with the Department of Water and the Shire of Denmark next week.

 

Water Corporation Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart said the inlet was close to reaching a water level where the sandbar could be safely opened under the protocol put in place in 2009.

 

“As water levels are predicted to rise over the next few days, we are closer to reaching a trigger point to activate the opening of the inlet,” Mr Stewart said.

 

“We anticipate the opening may occur in the next few weeks with the exact date to be determined shortly.”

 

Mr Stewart reminded onlookers and surfers to take care during this event.

 

“As the opening of the sandbar always attracts plenty of onlookers, we urge people to remain behind control barriers we will set up on Ocean Beach,” Mr Stewart said.

 

“We also want to remind surfers of the potential for changeable conditions in the vicinity of the opening due to the increased exchange of water between the Inlet and the ocean.”

 

Fact File:

 

  • The bar is opened as part of plan to manage flooding in the area, which involves the Shire, the Water Corporation and the Department of Water.
  • The opening of the bar is governed by the Wilson Inlet Sandbar Opening Protocol whereby the water height in the inlet must reach a certain minimum level before an opening is triggered.
  • The protocol is a result of an extensive review coordinated by the Department of Water in 2009 with input from the then Department of Environment and Conservation (now Department of Parks and Wildlife), Water Corporation, Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), scientists from the University of Western Australia, and local community stakeholders including the Shire.

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