The Shire of Northampton will consider allocating more than $40,000 for the installation of six new beach showers as part of its 2022-23 budget deliberations. The motion presented to council two weeks ago was in response to parents raising concerns about existing showers being too far away from the main beach at Horrocks, with children getting their feet covered in sand, grass and sticks on the journey between the ablutions block to the car. Shire chief executive Garry Keeffe said this “defeats the purpose of rinsing (the children) down before entering their car”. He said there were no outdoor showers available at the newly installed ablutions blocks at Chinaman’s Beach, Sally’s Tree and the mariner in Kalbarri, and suggested the town was also in need of beach showering facilities. At the April council meeting, it was agreed councillors would consider approving funding in the draft 2022-23 budget for two showers at Kalbarri’s Chinaman’s Beach and Sally’s Tree, and one each at the Kalbarri marina and Horrocks Beach ablutions. It has been suggested that the Horrocks shower be placed near the access ramp to the main beach area, as this will provide easy drainage. But the location will require a water source to the site from a supply within the foreshore park. Plumbing to cater for outdoor showers at Chinaman’s Beach and Sally’s Tree has been installed as part of the new ablutions build, which was completed after cyclone Seroja. The six showers are expected to be about $4500 each, with freight, plumbing and installation, and other costs bringing the price of the project to $42,000.