Repair work begins on pylon at Cottesloe Beach

The platform is in place beside the pylon for repairs. Picture: Jon Bassett
The platform is in place beside the pylon for repairs. Picture: Jon Bassett

WORK has started on a second round of repairs in less than a decade to combat dangerous erosion underneath the pylon at Cottesloe Beach.

A semi-submersible platform to be used for the work could be seen next to the 1930s-built offshore structure at the last day of Sculpture by the Sea yesterday.

The platform is in place beside the pylon for repairs. Picture: Jon Bassett

Cottesloe council allocated $243,000 in its 2017-18 budget for the repairs, which are planned to last 25 years, after the Federal Government chipped in $122,000 and Lotterywest provided $50,000 for repairs after the pylon was toppled by a storm in 2009.

The pylon was part of the beach’s pre-WWII shark net, but others used in the structure were destroyed by bad weather, leaving the sole structure to be a popular diving platform before underwater erosion caused it to become unsafe for the public.

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