Robe council pleased with new jetty

Robe District Council is pleased with the design of the new straddle lift jetty at the marina.

Contractors Ecospec completed construction of the jetty, using local contractors wherever possible.

Council CEO Roger Sweetman commended everyone involved in the construction.

“Both contractors did a very good job for us, so we are very happy with the project,” Mr Sweetman said.

“There was a little bit of an overrun with the budget but nothing that was remarkable.”

The structure of the jetty had become rusted and had corroded away, although some of the old materials were still in reasonable condition and were able to be used as part of the new structure. 

“What they did was cut the poles from underneath the water, made up a new structure above the water and fitted it onto the poles that already existed,” Mr Sweetman said.

“The poles under the water were in very good condition and we had divers check all that out.”

Mr Sweetman made it clear that the council would manage the jetty differently to ensure it remains in good condition, and the design will also aid its longevity.

“We will spend a little bit of money every year to keep it in good condition rather than ignoring it for 20 years and having to spend a lot of money,” he said.

“They’ve coated the steel with a special plastic product which will help it resist rust. The walkways are all plastic, which means they won’t rust and they won’t be a problem.”

Since replacing the jetty, Mr Sweetman said the response had been positive from the community and those who use the marina on a regular basis.

“The fishermen are rapt, visiting boats and visiting people that come in with their yachts know that they’ve got a great facility now. If they need to they can get their boat out of the water.

“I think it shows that the council is committed to maintaining the marina. We believe it is a really important part of Robe.”

Jetty replacement: Both the Robe council and local fishermen are "rapt" with the recently constructed straddle lift jetty.

Jetty replacement: Both the Robe council and local fishermen are "rapt" with the recently constructed straddle lift jetty.