Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean
Send in the reserves
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.