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Visitor survey about Hamelin Bay jetty ruins

Hamelin Bay jetty ruins
Hamelin Bay jetty ruins Parks and Wildlife

The community will be consulted about the future of the historic Hamelin Bay jetty ruins, following the recent installation of barrier fencing.

Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Ben Tannock said a structural engineering assessment of the timber jetty remains indicated there were serious structural issues in the remaining piles and crossbeams.

“Unfortunately the continuing deterioration of the structure means we have had to fence it off for safety reasons, while management options are considered,” Mr Tannock said.

“The ruins of the jetty are a highly photographed and popular site and are synonymous with Hamelin Bay and its historic shipping past associated with the timber industry.

“The options now being canvassed include dismantling the jetty and using the timber to create an interpretative seat and table for the Hamelin Bay precinct, which would maintain the continuity of the timbers and the ‘life’ of the jetty.

“Alternatively structural repairs could be carried out which would include jacketing all of the remaining piles with polycarbonate sleeves and replacing the cross beams with recycled timbers.”

Mr Tannock said visitors to the area would be surveyed about the jetty ruins over coming weeks, including the school holiday period.

“We would like to know what the community’s views are on this matter and whether there is a strong desire for the retention of the structure,” he said.

“These survey results and advice from the Heritage Council of WA will be taken into consideration by the department when assessing our options for the jetty ruins.”

Mr Tannock said the jetty was built in 1881-82 by the M.C. Davies timber company and was extended to a length of around 500m in 1898 to load ships exporting karri and other WA hardwoods.

Its use began to diminish around 1913 as fewer ships serviced Hamelin Bay.

In 1921 fire destroyed much of the jetty, and in 1961 a severe storm destroyed most of the remaining structure. All that remains at the shore line are eight piles and six cross-beams.

 

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