Bullock Point jetty to be demolished

ALMOST four years after the former Cooloola Shire Council called on the State Government to fulfil its “moral obligation” to repair Bullock Point jetty, the landmark looks set to be demolished.

Gympie Regional Council’s director of engineering Bob Fredman reported to council that the Nambour Lands Office (under the auspice of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines) intended to demolish the jetty “which is in an unsafe condition and the pylons are also beyond use”.

In his report Mr Fredman recommended council authorise Mayor Ron Dyne and CEO Ken Mason to “have urgent discussions with the relevant State Government departments with a view to replacing the current jetty with a suitable jetty/pontoon to accommodate recreational fishing and boats”.

Mr Fredman also recommended further discussions be held regarding the boat ramp and associated parking area.

Council’s works and services committee chairman Cr Larry Friske said there was no option for the jetty to be demolished due to its “deterioration to the extent that it’s not salvageable”.

“Council is looking for a longer-term solution,” Cr Friske said.

“It would be nice to have somewhere for people to fish off but the long-term potential is to have a decent boat ramp, a decent parking area and an upgrade of the road and we’d prefer that to be sooner rather than later.”

Council is hoping to make Inskip, including Bullock Point jetty, part of its master plan but that cannot happen until a decision has been made about Rainbow Shores.

“It all depends on when the master plan is resurrected,” Cr Friske said.

In December 2007, the former Cooloola Shire Council was still hoping the DNR&M would restore the historical jetty to its former glory as it was a benefit to many in the community.

At that point in the jetty’s history, the timbers were deteriorating to such an extent that it was considered a danger to the public and was cordoned off.

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