Annual funding set for Town’s marine assets

One of the jetties at Point Reserve in Bassendean. Picture: Kristie Lim
One of the jetties at Point Reserve in Bassendean. Picture: Kristie Lim

BASSENDEAN Council will set aside $50,000 each year for renewal and maintenance costs of jetties and riverbank restoration projects.

Councillors voted for the provision of a reserve fund to cover costs associated with marine assets including the two jetties at Point Reserve at their December 17 meeting.

They also agreed to allocate funding for the condition and structural assessment of the south jetty and the design of an upgraded north jetty; if the piles are proven to be structurally sound.

This decision comes after the Town’s officers found the wooden planks on both jetties were infested by termites.

Deputy Mayor Kath Hamilton’s amendment to include riverbank restoration projects as part the reserve fund was supported.

She also called for a report on the results of funding applications to be brought back to the council.

Chief executive Peta Mabbs said the Town would target as many funding opportunities for the jetty upgrades as possible.

The Town is seeking to replace the jetties but needs to obtain extra funding from sources including Lotterywest, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the Department of Transport (DoT).

While the Town has received approval from the DoT and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to reinstate the north jetty, it will now ask the departments to allow for works on the south jetty.

Officers have also asked the City of Bayswater for information on the wood-plastic product used for the decking of a jetty at Riverside Gardens.

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