Bandy Creek wheelchair-accessible pontoon proposed

A local fishing body will soon seek funding to construct a wheelchair-accessible pontoon at Bandy Creek.

South East Coast Recreational Fishing Council president Graham Cooper said the purpose of the project was to have somewhere in Esperance for people in wheelchairs or with disabilities to be able to embark and disembark off recreational boats safely.

The 18 metre by 2.5 metre floating structure will be fully fenced and will sit 500cm above the water.

Mr Cooper said quotes received by the fishing council had indicated the project would cost about $85,000.

"It's a project that the South East Coast Recreational Fishing Council would like to take on and it would be another one of our safety programs," he said.

"There's currently nowhere in Esperance that people in wheelchairs can get on and off of boats without being lifted."

Mr Cooper said the pontoon could not be located on the Esperance Foreshore due to strong easterly winds in summer and was therefore proposed be located at Bandy Creek.

With the project designed and priced, the fishing council will soon apply for funding either through the Department of Transport or Recfishwest

Mr Cooper said he had observed money being spent throughout the metropolitan area and would like to see Esperance receive more funding for coastal projects.

"I believe it's our turn to have some money and I'm going to chase it if I can get it," he said.

The fishing council has received at least 30 letters of support for the project and is seeking further support from the community to bolster its funding application.

To obtain a generic letter of support contact Mr Cooper on 0429 960 560.