Residents sign petition to repair jetties

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

A PETITION asking the Town of Bassendean to repair two termite-infested jetties at Point Reserve has been formed.

The online petition was formed by local resident Ben Waters on November 12.

About 65 people signed the petition within the first hour of it starting.

This comes after the Town of Bassendean announced on November 11 that the 70-year-old jetties would be removed after termites weakened the timber structures.

However, in a statement released on November 13, the Town said it was investigating options for the replacement of the unsafe jetties.

The Town’s officers are consulting with their insurers LGIS while discussions are also underway with Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, the Department of Transport and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to find a way forward.

A jetty at Point Reserve in Bassendean.

Acting Mayor Kath Hamilton said public safety was their prime concern and they had a duty of care to the community.

“It is recognised the jetties are much loved by our community and our river is one of the prime reasons so many of us make the decision to call Bassendean our home,” she said.

Chief executive Peta Mabbs said wooden jetties were a challenge for local governments along the Swan River, given their deteriorating state and weathering caused by erosion from speeding boats, termites and  original construction methods.

“It’s clearly part of the history of our area,” she said.

“This is an opportunity for us to take stock and plan for the future amenity of the community and its connection to the river.”

She said the footings for the first jetty was in good condition so they could remain until consideration was given to the future requirement for jetty amenity at the reserve.

Mr Kelly said a number of residents have contacted his office to express their concern about the future of the jetties.

“I am happy to pass these concerns on to the Town of Bassendean and make sure they’re aware of the significance these jetties hold for the community,” he said.

“Ultimately the future of the jetties is a decision for the Town of Bassendean.”

The council will receive an update from Town staff at the November 19 briefing session.

Councillors will then consider a report detailing State Government funding opportunities for jetty works on November 26.

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