Roe MLA Peter Rundle stands by restoration

Jetty debate: Member for Roe Peter Rundle praised the Esperance community for driving a positive result following the unveiling of the draft jetty concept design on Tuesday, August 28. Photo: Supplied.
Jetty debate: Member for Roe Peter Rundle praised the Esperance community for driving a positive result following the unveiling of the draft jetty concept design on Tuesday, August 28. Photo: Supplied.

Roe MLA Peter Rundle has urged the community to provide their feedback on the draft jetty concept design but said that he stands by his push for restoration.

Mr Rundle said the design was a step in the right direction and congratulated the Esperance community on driving a good result with existing elements incorporated into the concept design. 

“It appears that the community have driven quite a good result here, something that resembles what they want in a jetty - compared to the previous 250 metre design which was not satisfactory in any way,” he said.

“I do recognise that the shire and the community have come forth with a result here that does take into account a number of factors including the length of the jetty and the curve.

“From my observation, I would say the architect has captured quite a few of the elements that the community would like.

“Overall, I think the community want a jetty and they want one as soon as possible – it’s been closed for three years already and it’s imperative that we keep pushing forward.

“I stand by restoration because you keep that history.

“I’d like to see action on it as soon as possible so that everyone can move forward.”

Mr Rundle has remained vocal about the feasibility of restoration, spending several months pushing an amendment to the Heritage Bill to protect the state’s three remaining timber jetties.

The amendment supported annual funding for the maintenance of the structures and their preservation.

Pleased with the design and the incorporation of existing elements, Mr Rundle said his next concern would be the funding.

“My next concern would be the funding of it because part of the original conservation order was that the order would stay in place until there is a fully funded proposition there and ready to go,” he said.

“The shire have $2 million and then we’d be looking at the additional $4 million, which I assume would be coming from the federal and state government.

“I’d just like to urge people to put their feedback in.

“I think it’s really important that the community have their say to get a feel for how the community feels about it and for funding purposes as well.

“I think it’s a really important part of the whole tourism package for Esperance.”