Town shares py­lon pain

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTESLOE Coun­cil will seek pri­vate do­na­tions to pay for re­pairs orig­i­nally bud­geted up to $243,500 to its well-known py­lon on Cottesloe Beach.

“If pri­vate do­na­tions are able to be ob­tained, the over­all project cost may be less than orig­i­nally thought,” a staff re­port at the May 22 meet­ing said.

Since the pre­vi­ous week, con­trac­tors on a semisub­mersible barge had taken ad­van­tage of un­sea­sonal good weather to do the first of coun­cil-ap­proved re­pairs for ero­sion and dam­age to the py­lon.

The struc­ture was also re­stored with $117,000 from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and Lot­tery­west after it was top­pled in a storm in 2009 and its up­per part lay on the seabed for sev­eral months after it broke off in 1995.

In April, the 2009 project and costs of the lat­est re­pairs prompted coun­cil­lors to agree to ask the pub­lic if a com­mis­sioned sculp­ture or a div­ing or recre­ation plat­form should re­place the py­lon, or if it should be re­moved.

The struc­ture is the last of three built to sup­port a shark net after an at­tack in 1925 and has be­come a sym­bol of Perth beach life, in ad­di­tion to ri­valry when it is painted in the colours of ri­val surf clubs dur­ing late night raids.

The re­port said pub­lic­ity fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion to seek an al­ter­na­tive to the py­lon prompted of­fers from the com­mu­nity to con­trib­ute to fix­ing its lower part and free en­gi­neer­ing to keep it in its cur­rent form.

The Na­tional Trust had of­fered to cre­ate a pub­lic ap­peal of tax-de­ductible do­na­tions to pay for any ad­di­tional work be­fore coun­cil­lors agreed to the of­fer last week.

Be­fore the re­cent work was un­der­taken, it had been planned to have the work started dur­ing good con­di­tions in Novem­ber.

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