Francis Street Finger Jetty to be replaced

Published on Wednesday, 2 March 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Boarding and disembarking from boats at the Francis Street Finger Jetty located at Town Beach will get a whole lot easier once construction of a new jetty is completed by the end of June.


At last week’s Council meeting the contract to demolish the existing jetty and build a new one was awarded to SMC Marine Pty Ltd, a company highly experienced in jetty construction.


City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the replacement of the jetty means the City will be able to provide improved access to users including people with mobility impairments.


“The new jetty will be approximately 39m long and features 1.3m wide stepped deck configuration that provides increased access for people with mobility impairments whilst enabling easier boarding and disembarking from boats and other recreational water craft,” he said.


Construction of the replacement jetty is estimated to take 13 weeks to complete.  The existing jetty wood decking and chafers will be stored at the depot for potential reuse.


During construction the Town Beach boat ramp will be closed to the public to ensure community safety at all times.  Recreational watercraft users are encouraged to use the boat ramps at the Batavia Coast Marina during this time.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $484,000 which is co-funded by the Department of Transport Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme, Royalties for Regions and the City of Greater Geraldton.

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