ONE MILE JETTY —
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.
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the
question, and I thank you, Madam President, for your advice.
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.