Expect some delays if you plan to visit Penguin Island later this month

An aerial view of the Mersey Point jetty works area showing alternative parking spots.
An aerial view of the Mersey Point jetty works area showing alternative parking spots.

FOR those keen to visit Penguin Island from late September expect potential delays as work begins on the Mersey Point Jetty.

Commencing in late September the $1.5 million works are expected to run through until January, 2018. and run through until January 2018.

The new jetty will be 76 metres long and constructed out of steel piles with reinforced concrete headstocks and deck panels.

It has a projected lifespan of about 50 years and it will hold commercial vessel berthing.

Handrails on both sides and a steel frame, lower level landing will be suitable for short-term recreational boating vessel berthing.

During the works the contractor will need to close off part of the Mersey Point Jetty car park, reducing the number of available parking spaces for the duration of the project.

Visitors are asked to utilise one of the alternative parking options available on Penguin Road, at the end of Seaforth Street located on Arcadia Drive.

The City of Rockingham apologises for any inconvenience caused during the construction period.

Tourism Western Australia is supporting the project with $500,000 and local operator, Rockingham Wild Encounters will contribute a percentage of the capital costs over several years as part of their agreement to use the new jetty.