Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean

Send in the re­serves

- Kristie Lim South Africa News · Lotterywest · Transport Canada · Bayswater

TOWN of Bassendean coun­cil­lors have cre­ated a re­serve fund to help pay for jetty main­te­nance and river­bank restora­tion projects.

The fund will set aside $50,000 a year for works on ma­rine as­sets, in­clud­ing the two jet­ties at Point Re­serve.

Coun­cil­lors at the De­cem­ber 17 meet­ing also agreed to al­lo­cate fund­ing for a con­di­tion and struc­tural as­sess­ment of the south jetty and the de­sign of an up­graded north jetty, if the piles are proven to be struc­turally sound.

This de­ci­sion comes af­ter the Town’s of­fi­cers found the wooden planks on both jet­ties were in­fested with ter­mites.

Deputy Mayor Kath Hamil­ton’s amend­ment to in­clude river­bank restora­tion projects as part of the re­serve fund was sup­ported.

She also called for a re­port on the re­sults of fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to be brought back to the coun­cil.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Peta Mabbs said the Town would tar­get as many fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the jetty up­grades as pos­si­ble.

The Town is seek­ing to re­place the jet­ties but needs to ob­tain extra fund­ing from sources such as Lot­tery­west, the Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage, and the Depart­ment of Trans­port (DOT).

The Town has re­ceived ap­proval from the DoT and the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions to re­in­state the north jetty and will now ask the de­part­ments to ap­prove works on the south jetty.

Of­fi­cers have also asked the City of Bayswa­ter for in­for­ma­tion on the wood­plas­tic prod­uct used for the deck­ing of a jetty at Riverside Gar­dens.

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