Pylon future at pointy end
COTTESLOE Beach’s iconic offshore pylon will be replaced with a sculpture or diving pontoon if public opinion favours getting rid of the expensive-to-maintain structure damaged by erosion.
At a special meeting behind closed doors last week, the Town of Cottesloe councillors agreed to ask if the public wants a commissioned sculpture instead and whether such a structure would be feasible.
They will also ask residents if the 1920s-era pylon should be kept or improved in its current form or replaced and the site used for a diving platform.
The council is spending $243,000 from the sale of its depot to repair erosion to the pylon, which Mayor Philip Angers said would last for 25 years.
Another $117,000 was obtained for repairs from the Federal Government and Lotterywest when the structure toppled over in a storm in 2009.
At the meeting, councillors were asked to top up the current spend and agreed to add $28,620 for 3m sea anchors to secure the structure after it was surveyed at the end of last month.
Councillors also agreed to continue with the current work while investigating if previous maintenance was still guaranteed.
All the decisions would be considered only when the costs had been obtained, while “noting what has already been spent on preservation of the pylon”.
Asked about the survey’s impact, the extra costs and any new funding, a Town of Cottesloe spokeswoman said the current refurbishment of the pylon would continue.
The spokeswoman said work to the structure would be investigated further before options were brought back to councillors.
“Council will consult with the community before finalising any further plans for the pylon,” she said.
Funding would be investigated after the consultation.
Another $28,000 has been added to the $243,000 to repair the pylon.