26 September 2023

New purpose for old bridge timber

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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has donated old timber from the refurbishment of the Australind Jetty to a local school and charity groups.

The jetty timber that has been made available for re-purposing includes the materials used for stringers, decking, kerbing and handrails.

In a statement, the Department said the timber was distributed to Eaton Primary School, Leschenault Men’s Shed, Brunswick Men’s Shed and the Shire of Harvey.

“Eaton Primary School will use the timber for vegetable gardens in an area that is made from 100 per cent recycled and repurposed material,” the statement said.

The Department said Stage One of the Australind Jetty refurbishment was now complete, with the boardwalk kerbing and handrails installed. Installation of the boardwalk entrance ramp for wheelchair access was planned before the end of the month.

“Stage Two will include repairs to the foot bridges, the removal and installation of concrete sleaves below the water level, replacement of steel spans beams, replenishment of rock armour under the footbridges and abutments, and the fill and compaction of eroded sections of the sand groyne pathways,” it said.

It is anticipated this work will be completed by December.

Minister for Water, Simone McGurk said it was fantastic to see local schools and community groups being given the opportunity to recycle and reuse parts of the original jetty structure.

“The Australind jetty holds significant importance to the community. Refurbishing it means the community will be able to enjoy the beauty and biodiversity of the stunning Leschenault Estuary once again,” Ms McGurk said.

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