Py­lon fu­ture at pointy end

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

Pic­ture Jon Bas­sett

An­other $28,000 has been added to the $243,000 to re­pair the py­lon.

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