Upcoming Jetty Closure

Published on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 2:23:51 PM

Upcoming Jetty Closure

 

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley would like to advise residents and all users of the wharf of an upcoming Jetty closure slated for the coming dry season. 

The repairs to three bays of the jetty will be a major undertaking by the Kimberley Port Authority (KPA), and are needed due to strong, salty sea gusts causing rust and corrosion to the infrastructure in the first three sections of the northern abutment.  

While the wear and tear are not currently a risk to jetty users or the public, long-term, however - repairs are needed. 

“We know how much the people of Derby love their jetty and that means we need to look after it for the next generation – it's a really special place for locals,” said Derby/West Kimberley Shire acting CEO Wayne Neate. 

“We sincerely apologise for the extended closure, but in the long run these repairs will make the jetty more resilient to the harsh sea and weather conditions of the coast.” 

The planned work is scheduled to begin in early May and will take approximately 6 weeks to complete. During this time there will be no access to the northern abutment apart from those employed on the project. 

A physical gap will be created on the jetty during the repairs where by the damaged sections are replaced in whole, making any public access an absolute no-go. 

It is hoped the jetty will be re-opened by mid June, said Neate. 

“That’s the plan and we’ll do our best to work with KPA to meet that timeline – everyone wants to get back there for the spectacular sunsets and fishing.” 

It is projected the upcoming repairs of the northern abutment along with ongoing maintenance will ensure the northern abutment will be in good condition for an extended period of time, meaning Derby residents can continue to enjoy the jetty without interruption. 

Background:  The current Derby wharf - an unusual and memorable horseshoe shape - was built in the mid to late 60’s and upgraded to service the early pastoralists of the region. Located five kilometres from the town centre, the jetty allows people to witness Derby’s extraordinary 12m tide variation – the biggest tides in the southern hemisphere. The jetty is open free of charge to residents and visitors alike, and is a popular spot for watching the sunset, fishing or enjoying the cool sea breezes in the midst of the hot season. 

 

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