DUNWICH JETTY REPAIR WORKS TO PROCEED
Following concerns raised in The Friendly Bay Islander, key North Stradbroke Island jetties are receiving badly needed attention.
The FBI reported the jetties and their dangers when the issue was raised by well known Amity resident and new Friendly Bay Islander Amity correspondent, Gordon Dix.
Last November we reported: "Gordon says the 'unusable' Amity Jetty is the waste of an important island resource.
"For some time I have been trying to get someone to listen, but to no avail.
"Currently the Amity Jetty cannot be used in its present condition.
"Gordon Dix said that the Dunwich jetty was also deserving of some attention," we said at the time.
We brought the matter to the attention of Cr Mark Edwards, who referred the matter to council and to the councillor responsible for North Stradbroke Island, Cr Craig Ogilvie.
Cr. Edwards said "This is a matter for the Divisional Councillor, however, I am happy to support any Councillor in having repairs to infrastructure carried out."
It was pointed out at the time the Amity Point and Dunwich jetties are owned by the State government with Council undertaking minor maintenance as required.
One of the problems Council facesd was the mix of ownership of jetties between State and Council which complicated any repair process.
Basically, it was difficult to align responsibility.
That has now been resolved and the further good news is that work will soon start on repairs to the Dunwich jetty.
Last week we were informed by Redland City Council: "The Harold Walker Jetty, Dunwich is a Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) facility.
"The steps at the end of the Jetty are in need of repair and have been closed to ensure public safety.
"As with the recently completed works at Amity Jetty, Council has negotiated to undertake DTMR-funded repair works to the jetty, which will involve replacing the unsafe sections of galvanised steps.
"Weather permitting, these works should be complete by mid-March 2015," the council statement said.
Gordon Dix responded to the announced works: "Just shows what a bit of good publicity can achieve.
"It is great to see the repairs being carried out so these useful jetties can fulfil their rightful purpose."