A popular destination for weddings, Heath Development Company project director Brian Newman said the weight of the locks at the boardwalk would have caused a safety breach if numbers continued to grow.
‘This matter was first brought to our attention by the City of Wanneroo as this is a City asset managed by us, the developers of the estate,’ he said.
There were about 20 locks present at the time of removal.
‘The risks are, that if the number of locks was to grow ” as it has happened on structures around the world ” there becomes a weight problem and also wearing issue as this is a reasonably windy location,’ Mr Newman said.
‘The safety of the public using the deck is of major concern to us and the council.
‘The locks were removed after consultation with the council and their approval.’
Jindalee resident Jan Monck, who was present when the locks were taken down, said she felt upset for the couples who had placed their locks there as a symbol of love.
‘Many have been there over a year and provide a positive impact on locals and many overseas visitors to the area,’ she said.
‘To just cut them down and remove the locks without prior knowledge of this is cruel to those affected.’
However, Mr Newman said the company could not accept interference with the integrity of public assets.