A petition calling for the City of Greater Geraldton to allocate funding towards a jetty feasibility study has been circulated to local businesses and will be presented to the council at their next meeting. A Facebook group which has attracted more than 7000 members has launched a petition with hopes the community will back their calls for a public jetty to be re-established in Geraldton. In February 2022, Mayor Shane Van Styn’s proposal to allocate $200,000 for a preliminary study into a jetty in Geraldton was voted down by council 2-10, however, they were not against the idea. It is estimated by advocates the project would cost about $12million to $15m. Jetty for Geraldton advocate Mark O’Brien said when his family arrived from England in 2012, he fell in love with Geraldton, but always felt something was missing. “The people of Geraldton deserve to have something like this and it’s to show (the council) how much they want it and to get them to put aside some money to start feasibility studies to get the ball rolling,” he said. “When you look at the State Government, they pump a lot of money into a lot of projects, a lot of money goes into Perth . . . so why shouldn’t Geraldton get $15 million.” Getaway Outdoors manager Joshua Carter said it was a fantastic idea and he has always supported a jetty in Geraldton. “It would be a fantastic tourist drawcard, anything that’s encouraging people to use the water,” he said. “It comes back to improving tourism to the town and the more people that are doing that the more beneficial it is for businesses.” Geraldton Sports Centre manager Graham Maunder said currently, fishing facilities were almost non-existent around the city. “It would be really good to have something for people to go fishing on because we don’t have anything present that’s useful,” he said. Mr Maunder said aside from producing more productive fishing, a jetty allowed people to walk above the water and was a safer alternative to a rock wall or groyne. “The amount of people who go to a jetty just to have a look straight down, walk across or sightsee — it’s just a different feeling and I think people are inquisitive,” he said. “A lot of rock walls we don’t have access to and aren’t safe.” Mr Van Styn said the City welcomed the lodging of petitions for matters that concerned residents, but the designing of a jetty was complex. “I personally believe a public jetty would be wonderful, but it needs to be acknowledged it is more complex than one might appreciate. We have a congested waterfront with a busy port, yacht club, lifesaving club, swimmers, ski zones, boat ramps and lobster fishing,” he said. “We also need to consider sand movement, reef ecosystems and erosion. The historical jetties suffered greatly from sand build up which is also the case in Port Gregory.” Member for Durack Melissa Price said there was clear support for a jetty and was pleased to provide support to Mr O’Brien and the group to launch the petition. “Support for the jetty from the CGG at this preliminary stage is very important. Without this support it will be near impossible to secure funds from the Federal and/or State Governments to build the jetty,” she said. “I encourage people to sign the petition to demonstrate what the Geraldton community can achieve when it works together.” Hard copy petitions have been sent to nine businesses including sport, camping and tackle stores and at the office of Federal Durack MP Melissa Price.