Residents keen for return of Waikiki Beach pontoon

Residents want a beach pontoon back in the water.
Residents want a beach pontoon back in the water.

A GROUP of residents is angry a beach pontoon has not been returned to the water months after it was damaged by a storm.

Safety Bay residents Leo and Cathy Harris said their family, along with many other residents, had used the Waikiki beach pontoon for years as it was a great recreational source that kept people happy and healthy.

After it was damaged it was sorely missed by the Harris family and other residents who, with still months of swimming weather left, are keen to see it replaced.

A Facebook page, Bring Back Waikiki Beach Pontoon, was also started by Tylah Drew last week.

Mr Harris said he had called the City several times and had not had a clear response from the City.

“On one occasion we were told it was damaged by a big storm,” he said.

“Now, close to four months after that, the council still won’t give us a definitive date other than to say it won’t be back in the water for the rest of the season.”

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels confirmed the pontoon was damaged. The pontoon and mooring had an insurance value of $22,500.

“Despite the best efforts of staff, it became apparent before Christmas that the process for replacing the irreparably damaged pontoon would not be completed before the end of the current swimming season,” he said.

He said the insurance process had been ongoing and it would take three stages to return the pontoon.

It involved the insurance payout, procurement and enlisting a contractor to rebuild and install a new pontoon.

“The City will appoint an appropriate company as soon as possible, then they will need to provide an estimate of a timeframes to complete this work,” Mr Sammels said.

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