Boat no-go zone idea floated by City

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Belinda Cipri­ano

THE City of Cock­burn will ap­ply to the Depart­ment of Trans­port for a “no boat­ing” zone around the statue of C.Y. O’Con­nor af­ter it was struck by a ves­sel last month.

The 19-year-old bronze statue made by Fre­man­tle sculp­tor Tony Jones was cut off at the torso on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, spark­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the City and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

It was re­turned to its ocean mount off North Coogee Beach last week by Shore­wa­ter Ma­rine, which de­liv­ered the bronze statue from Jones’ lo­cal stu­dio to a barge at Fre­man­tle Fish­ing Boat Har­bour be­fore bring­ing it out to the py­lon for reat­tach­ment.

In­fras­truc­ture ser­vices man­ager Doug Vick­ery said the in­ci­dent had been re­ported to the Depart­ment of Trans­port Ma­rine In­ves­ti­ga­tions Branch for its fol­low up and costs for the re­cov­ery process were still be­ing com­piled.

“The City will be mak­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to the Depart­ment of Trans­port for the estab­lish­ment of a ‘no boat­ing’ ex­clu­sion zone around the statue and po­ten­tially also in­clude the re­mains of the Robb Jetty and the Wy­ola wreck,” he said.

Charles Yelver­ton O’Con­nor was a cel­e­brated West Aus­tralian en­gi­neer and for­mer En­gi­neer-in-Chief ap­pointed by WA Pre­mier John For­rest in 1891.

He was re­spon­si­ble for projects in­clud­ing Fre­man­tle Har­bour, ex­ten­sive rail­way con­struc­tion in Perth, Fre­man­tle, the Wheat­belt, Gold­fields and South-West, and the Perth to Kal­go­or­lie Wa­ter Pipeline.

But C.Y. O’Con­nor’s pi­o­neer­ing projects at­tracted pro­longed crit­i­cism from mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and the press of the day.

The City chose Jones as the pro­ject artist.

The statue of C.Y. O’Con­nor has been re­paired.

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