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Question Without Notice No. 942 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 September 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

ONE MILE JETTY — CARNARVON

942. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the closure of the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty.

(1) Are there currently any plans by the government to restore the jetty?

(2) Has the minister looked into the cost of restoring the jetty; and, if so, how much will it cost; and, if not, why not?

(3) Has the minister considered and costed cheaper alternatives for resolving the issue—for instance, bringing the jetty up to a safe standard only for pedestrians?

(4) Was the government's $2.8 million investment in the heritage interpretive centre merely a token effort to distract people from the fact that the government never intends to reopen the jetty?

The PRESIDENT: Minister for Regional Development, I think that last part of the question might be seeking an opinion, so I do not think you need to answer that one.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question, and I thank you, Madam President, for your advice.

(1)–(4) The member is completely way off beam. The decision to develop an interpretive centre has been around since the time of the previous government. It was a project that we thought was important, so we continued with it. This whole project was devised well before the problems emerged with the jetty. We are going back many, many years in terms of a decision on the interpretive centre.

The Shire of Carnarvon has established a working group to look at options to reopen the jetty, and the Gascoyne Development Commission is part of that group. A desktop study was completed in 2017, which indicated that the cost of keeping the jetty safe and maintained would be in the order of multiples of tens of millions of dollars. A range of options are being considered by the working group, including restoring the jetty to walking standard only. Any funding contribution from the state will require a business case and will be considered in the budget process, against all the other excellent projects that we are considering.