H+H Architect director Julie de Jong has met with the Esperance Shire Council and stakeholders overnight, January 22, to unveil the evolving concept design for the Replacement Jetty.
The latest design has been amended based on feedback received during the community consultation, the Jetty Replacement Working Group and council, and is expected to be presented to the Heritage Council as early as February.
Changes to the previous design include the relocation of the dive platform to the end of the Jetty Head, timber balustrade being moved to the south side of Jetty to better suit fishing, the consideration of a new seal haul-out facility and the use of salvageable material from the Tanker Jetty in the new jetty’s amenities.
According to Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott, consultation with Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation was underway to integrate Aboriginal cultural heritage values into the design.
The approval of the design by the Heritage Council is one of two criteria that must be fulfilled in order for Heritage Minister David Templeman to lift the conservation order, the second being funding.
The shire applied for $4 million worth of funding for the replacement jetty through the federal government’s Building Better Regions Fund back in November, with the successful recipients expected to be announced in March, 2019.
In addressing community concern on the length of the structure, one of the primary concerns revealed in the public consultation process, Mr Scott stressed that the design allowed for expansion down the track should the shire have access to more funding.
“The design is still currently 400 metres,” he said.
“Length is always the number one priority in this project and if we can get a bit more money than we have, the design can be modified.
“The beauty of Julie’s design is that it’s modular, hopefully we can get as many sections as possible for the money we have.
“It has the option to expand further down the track if we have access to more funds.”
Mr Scott said the shire were keen to maximise the amount of salvageable material that could be used within the new structure or be used by the community down the track.
“Until we can actually get the structure out of the water, we won’t have any idea what material is actually possibly reusable,” he said.
“We know that it won’t be reusable for structural purposes but what material could be used for amenity on the new jetty or for other community projects throughout the town.”
Shire president Victoria Brown praised the work being undertaken by the architects and the support from the Replacement Working Group members.
“There is no doubt this is a challenging project to be involved in and it’s important we get a solution that satisfies the majority of our community, the Heritage Council and future funding bodies,” she said.
“The overall design has evolved into a jetty that will be both practical and stunning.
“If this design is approved we can begin to involve more community groups in designing the nodes that stretch along the jetty telling the many stories of the old and the new.”
Jetty Replacement Working Group community member Michael Ridgeway said the final concept design reiterated the fact that Julie de Jong and the team at H+H Architects were doing a marvellous job at collating the community’s vision for the new jetty into a functional, affordable and attractive asset for everyone to enjoy.
Jetty Replacement Working Group community member Graham Gath agreed and said he considered the concept to meet the majority of community expectations in both construction, statement and amenity.