North Coogee: wreck of Wyola to stay on beach

McTaggart Cove in North Coogee.
Picture: Will Russell           d458140
McTaggart Cove in North Coogee. Picture: Will Russell         d458140

THE Wyola wreck in North Coogee will be retained.

On Thursday Cockburn councillors backed a recommendation to retain the deteriorating vessel and barge and consider using funds from its 2017-18 budget for management and maintenance of the site. The future of the City’s heritage listed site was put up for consideration after the wreck’s sharp edges reportedly injured horses and dogs.

In a report to councillors, a City officer said there was “little doubt” the exposed remnants of the wreck presented a risk to those using the beach but added that it could be managed.

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“It is proposed the shipwreck and barge remain in-situ with City staff to explore long-term management options which may include regular excavation and partial or full removal of protruding steel from the body of the ship on the beach to ensure beachgoers and horse riders’ safety,” the report read.

An online survey found 65 per cent of those who took part were in favour of the wreck being retained.

That skyrocketed to 92 per cent on the City’s Facebook page.

The Wyola has rested at CY O’Connor Reserve since being scrapped in 1970.