Australind Jetty to undergo $3 million refurbishment

Closed for almost 12 months: Mick Crosby said the damage on the jetty was somewhat significant, but repairable. Photo: supplied.
Closed for almost 12 months: Mick Crosby said the damage on the jetty was somewhat significant, but repairable. Photo: supplied.

After almost a year of being closed to the public, the Australind Jetty will undergo a $3million rebuild thanks to the support of the state government.

After months of lobbying from Australind residents for the jetty to be fixed and reopened, that resulted in a petition with over 2000 signatures, the funding was announced by Minister for Water Dave Kelly on Tuesday, December 14.

The Mail met with Australind resident Mick Crosby, who was avid in pushing for the jetty to be reopened, in September.

He said due to structural issues and significant damage, the Shire of Harvey and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation had closed the bridge in late January, but there was no indication as to when it would be reopened.

Calls to be reopened: Mr Crosby at the closed jetty in September. Photo: Pip Waller

Calls to be reopened: Mr Crosby at the closed jetty in September. Photo: Pip Waller

"It's not just me, other people are upset and want it opened," Mr Crosby said.

After reaching out to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns for support, Ms Hanns helped start the petition.

Cost estimates were then provided by the Department, which resulted in the allocation of $3million in funding to rebuild the jetty.

Ms Hanns said the announcement was a "huge win" for the local community.

"I would like to thank the many locals whose support and passion about seeing the jetty restored has helped me in achieving this great outcome," she said.

"I look forward to seeing locals and tourists enjoying this iconic jetty for years to come."

The Department of Water and Environment Regulation will now commence remedial works that will see the jetty reopened to the public in the future.