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Point Reserve jetties in Bassendean to be removed due to termite damage

Point Reserve jetties in Bassendean to be removed due to termite damage

The termite-infested jetties at Point Reserve will be removed after Bassendean Council determined it was unsafe and not feasible to rebuild on the existing pylons.

The two jetties were closed last year for safety reasons due to termite damage.

Only the pylons remain at the north jetty, after the top planks of timber were removed.

The south jetty is still intact.

The Town then engaged coastal engineering consultants M P Rogers and Associates PL to conduct a condition assessment report.

The report found the north jetty’s existing timber structures have two main components that result in it being unsuitable to ensure the structural integrity of the jetty.

The report indicates the current timber structures do not have sufficient strength to meet Australian standards and some of the timber has deteriorated.

It also found the decking and piles of the timber structures of both jetties are insufficient to cater for the bending movement and strength when the jetty deals with debris from storm actions and therefore poses a risk of the jetty collapsing.

The council previously wanted to reinstate the south jetty and for the staff to apply for grant funding to reinstate the north jetty.

The north jetty at Point Reserve in Bassendean

However, after receiving the report at the May 26 meeting, councillors revoked their previous decisions and agreed to remove the remaining jetty structures.

Chief executive Peta Mabbs will present a scoping paper to the council in the near future to identify options to develop a more holistic plan that considers the river’s health and provision of high-quality community assets.

Mayor Renee McLennan said unfortunately, the jetties needed to be removed as the current situation was a risk to the community’s safety.

“In light of this recent and more detailed information, it is very clear that the existing jetties are not salvageable,” she said.

“Emerging from this is the opportunity for a rethink, to review the situation and develop a plan for the future of Point Reserve and, more broadly, the Swan River.

“This will allow Council to have a better understanding of the condition of the foreshore but also the chance to reflect on the future places we are creating as a community.

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“A more holistic and thoughtful strategy will provide the information required to support any future investment in jetties, foreshore erosion control and river park amenity.”

Infrastructure executive manager Phil Adams said the estimated cost of to replace both jetties with a similar design would cost about $500,000 million, with an additional $100,000 to replace the pylons for the south jetty, which needed to be replaced.