Carnarvon’s One Mile Jetty renovation dreams dashed by storm damage

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Carnarvon's historic One Mile Jetty before cyclone Seroja hit.
Camera IconCarnarvon's historic One Mile Jetty before cyclone Seroja hit. Credit: Carnarvon Heritage Group/Carnarvon Heritage Group

Community dreams for the revitalisation of Carnarvon’s iconic One Mile Jetty have been dashed after a structural assessment recommended more than 1000m be demolished.

The heritage-listed jetty was closed to the public in late 2017, after an investigation found there were significant safety issues with the 123-year-old landmark.

Engineers commissioned after cyclone Seroja found the jetty had suffered “massive damage” during the storm, with falling timbers and debris presenting a significant safety risk to vessels navigating the area.

The One Mile Jetty was heavily damaged during cyclone Seroja.
Camera IconThe One Mile Jetty was heavily damaged during cyclone Seroja. Credit: Bill Kent/Facebook/Bill Kent/Facebook

The State Government has announced all but the first 400m of the structure would be deconstructed as a matter of priority, with work under way to establish a boating exclusion zone.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said given the extent of the cyclone damage, demolishing most of the jetty was “unfortunately” the only course of action. She said timbers from the demolished sections of the jetty would be used to restore the remaining park using money from the $4.5 million election pledge.

When the funding was pledged in March, Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said visitor numbers had “significantly declined” when the jetty closed.

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