Kwinana Jetty remains to be scrapped at end of the month


The remains of the Kwinana jetty will be removed at the end of this month.
The remains of the Kwinana jetty will be removed at the end of this month.

THE remains of the Kwinana Jetty will be removed this month after a number of independent audits found it to be irreparable.

A severe storm ripped the popular jetty from its foundations in 2012, with the damage deemed too extensive to be repaired.

A statement from the City said independent feasibility studies and the Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance concluded the site had limited suitability for the construction of a new jetty.

Considerations included the effect of climate change on the coastline and maintaining the integrity of the heritage listed SS Kwinana shipwreck.

Mayor Carol Adams said there was “no sensible or practical” solution to the issue, which has ignited much debate among the community.

“To ensure the safety of residents the jetty has remained closed while a range of options have been considered for its future,” she said.

“The construction of a new jetty would cost many millions of dollars, including extensive structural work which would be required to ensure the surrounding area could safely support a new structure.

“The Kwinana Jetty is close to the heart of the community, and for this reason the City has taken care to consider all options and not rush a decision.

“The future of the jetty has not been taken lightly, however the huge costs combined with the extreme risks makes it an irresponsible use of funds at present.”

The remaining planks of the jetty will be salvaged and repurposed as community artwork.