Bring it back to the beach

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page -

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.

Res­i­dents want a beach pon­toon back in the wa­ter.

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