Carnarvon’s One Mile Jetty to have $4.5m of repairs funded by State Government

Liam BeattyMidwest Times
Carnarvon's One Mile Jetty.
Camera IconCarnarvon's One Mile Jetty. Credit: Mid West Times

Community dreams for revitalisation of Carnarvon’s popular One Mile Jetty are a step closer to fruition after funding was announced by the State Government.

The heritage-listed jetty was closed to the public in late 2017, when an investigation into its structural integrity revealed significant safety issues.

Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said the closure of a “town icon” was devastating and resulted in a “significant decline in visitor numbers. We’re very excited about the funding announcement which could attract a huge amount of people to visit the region.”

The Carnarvon Heritage Group, which has campaigned for more than 20 years to restore the 123-year-old landmark, has previously said the jetty faces the “very real threat” of demolition.

But Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan committed $4.5 million last week to repair the first 430m of the jetty:

 “The One Mile Jetty is deeply embedded in the hearts of Carnarvon people,” she said.

“This commitment for the Carnarvon community will allow repair works to get under way, taking us a major step closer to bringing the jetty back to life.”

Last month, Nationals MP Vince Catania pledged $10 million of funding to repair the jetty he said was an essential icon and would help to re-build the tourism industry in Carnarvon.

“These icons are in desperate need of financial assistance, both to ensure our regional history is maintained for future generations, and our growing tourism industry is supported,” he said.

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