Caution urged as work begins to repair Cottesloe pylon

Another $28,000 has been added to the $243,000 to survey and repair the pylon.  Picture Jon Bassett.
Another $28,000 has been added to the $243,000 to survey and repair the pylon. Picture Jon Bassett.

SWIMMERS and beach users have been warned to stay clear after work restarted to preserve the remaining shark net pylon at Cottesloe Beach this morning.

“Contractors will be working in and around the beach and pylon area so please take extra care in these areas,” a Cottesloe Council spokeswoman said .

The council is spending $272,620 to anchor the 1920s-era structure, fit a permanent stainless steel surrounding and reinforce the pylon’s concrete collar to repair erosion.

Bad weather halted the repair work last month, before the council chipped in added $28,620 towards the cost of the anchors.

Another $117,000 was obtained for repairs from the Federal Government and Lotterywest when the structure toppled over in a storm in 2009.

Last month, debate over the extra spending caused councillors to agree to ask the public if they wanted the pylon replaced with a commissioned sculpture, kept, improved in its current form or the offshore site used for a diving platform.

The alternatives will only be decided after obtaining each of their costs and consideration of how much has already been spent on preserving the pylon.

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