Australind Jetty: ‘Extensive’ refurbishing works begin on iconic landmark after $3m in funding

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Kasper JohansenSouth Western Times
The Australind Jetty
Camera IconThe Australind Jetty Credit: Vern Merchant / Supplied/RegionalHUB

Works are finally underway on the refurbishment of Australind’s beloved jetty after long-held calls from residents who were concerned it would not reopen.

Closed to the public in January 2021, the 60-year-old landmark holds a rich history that dates back to the 1960’s when it was used as supporting infrastructure for a nearby titanium extraction plant.

Since then it has been a popular spot for the Australind area — playing host to fisherman, families and tourists — but was closed early last year due to an assessment Department of Water and Environmental Regulation following an injury that occurred.

Australiand Jetty remains closed to the public.
Camera IconAustraliand Jetty remains closed to the public. Credit: Shire of Harvey

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Outcry from its closure from a number of South West residents led Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns to open a petition which garnered interest from a total of 2098 residents in support of fixing the “iconic” jetty.

“Extensive” remedial works have now begun on the dilapidated structure, with Water Minister Dave Kelly highlighting the value the community has shown for it.

“The Australind Jetty is a valued community asset, and it is important for it to be safe and accessible again,” he said.

“The McGowan Government is committed to restoring this iconic jetty for the safe use of the local community and tourists for generations to come.”

The State Government allocated a total of $3m in funds for the jetty’s rebuild and Ms Hanns previously told the South Western Times the funds would allow for a “really good” fix and the community could be confident that future generations would be able to enjoy it.

“Although community members were disappointed with the closure of the jetty, they will be pleased to learn that the McGowan Government has honoured its pledge to restore it and that work has started so it can be safely enjoyed by the public once more,” she said.

Water Minister Dave Kelly, Mick Crosby, Fiona Blackmore and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns at the announcement of $3 million to rebuild Australind Jetty
Camera IconWater Minister Dave Kelly, Mick Crosby, Fiona Blackmore and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns at the announcement of $3 million to rebuild Australind Jetty Credit: Luke McPherson/RegionalHUB

Overseeing the management of the refurbishment project, the Department of Transport has put infrastructure company Ventia at the forefront of the repairs.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the refurbishment meant residents could enjoy the beauty and biodiversity of the stunning Leschenault Estuary.

“The upgrades mean the Australind Jetty will soon be open again for locals and visitors to access a variety of recreational activities.”

It is still unknown as to when the jetty will reopen, however in April this year the future of the jetty hung in the balance after a debate over who should take ownership of the historic landmark.

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