Pylon repairs barge into view again at Cottesloe Beach

Work on the Cottesloe pylon earlier this week. Photo: Jon Bassett
Work on the Cottesloe pylon earlier this week. Photo: Jon Bassett

WORK using anchored boats continued to restore the iconic pylon off Cottesloe Beach this week.

In May, calm weather allowed workers on a semi-submersible barge to fix the undersea part of the 1930s-built structure so it could last another 25 years.

A Cottesloe council spokeswoman said most work would be conducted at sea, with only the concreting occurring from land.

“They are installing the formwork, reinforcing around the pylon and filling the formwork with concrete,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the costs were “ongoing” and not available, but the current repairs should be completed next week.

Photo: Jon Bassett

This round of repairs followed $117,000 from the Federal Government and Lotterywest being spent after the pylon toppled in a 2009 storm.

Earlier this year, the council agreed to test public opinion about replacing the pylon with a sculpture or diving pontoon if residents favoured getting rid of the expensive-to-maintain structure.

However, because of the council’s financial constraints there is currently a public appeal for $250,000 to pay for the pylon’s continued protection and maintenance.

Exclusion buoys have been installed around the pylon and beach signs warn of the danger to swimmers and other beach users.