Boat no-go zone idea floated by City
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.