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Final Stage of Restoration Works to Port MacDonnell Jetty

29 May 2015

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will undertake $650,000 restoration works to the Port MacDonnell Jetty to improve safety as well as providing operating and amenity benefits for both recreational and commercial users.

Works are scheduled to commence on 1 June 2015 and will be completed by the end of September 2015. The jetty will be closed to the public during this time.

The project to improve port facilities in Port MacDonnell has been delivered in stages and is a partnership between DPTI and the District Council of Grant with support from the Port MacDonnell Professional Fisherman’s Association, the Port MacDonnell Offshore Angling Club and the local community.

The Port MacDonnell jetty is currently used for both commercial and recreational activities. Lengthening the existing service wharf will ensure that the commercial fishing operations can be transferred from the jetty to the wharf.

The existing fuelling facilities on the jetty are currently being relocated to the new wharf and this will provide the opportunity to convert the existing jetty into a recreational facility that would meet the needs of recreational fishers, tourists and the general community.

Restoration works will be undertaken to maintain the structural integrity of the jetty. This will include new steel piles, replacement of structural timber supports, new timber deck, new handrail, and upgrading of the lighting system.

Six new port and six new starboard aids to navigation will be installed to mark the navigation channel in the harbour and to replace the existing buoys. The new aids to navigation will consist of fixed steel piles with a daymark and light.

DPTI appreciates the community’s understanding and patience while these improvements are completed.