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Section of Carnarvon beach closed for three months during One Mile Jetty demolition

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Tropical Cyclone Seroja is leaving a trail of destruction. Bill Kent’s drone vision of the damage to the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty
Camera IconTropical Cyclone Seroja is leaving a trail of destruction. Bill Kent’s drone vision of the damage to the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty Credit: Bill Kent/Facebook

Demolition of the Seroja-damaged One Mile Jetty is imminent, with the Shire of Carnarvon agreeing to close a section of the beach for three months to complete the work.

The historic jetty was one of the first casualties of the cyclone, which hit Carnarvon on April 11.

It was announced in July that the damage necessitated the demolition of more than 1000m of the original structure, which survived fire in 2007 before it was deemed structurally unsound and closed in 2017.

The Department of Transport has requested beach access between the Prawning Jetty and One Mile Jetty be closed from October 11 to safely complete the partial deconstruction, which could take about three months.

A report presented to the council on Tuesday stated the demolition works would “improve safety for all marine craft”, as remnant parts of the jetty have since the cyclone caused “navigational hazards” to vessels using Carnarvon’s waterways.

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There are plans to restore the remaining 420m of jetty using salvaged timber from the original structure, which was established in 1899.

News of the jetty’s destruction devastated campaigners who had for decades tried to attract funding for its restoration.

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