Bullock Point's new look
A HISTORIC jetty in the Tin Can Bay inlet has been torn down.
Bullock Point Jetty was first earmarked for removal back in 2007 after concerns the dilapidated structure posed a health and safety risk – and it was cordoned off to the public.
Gympie Regional Council Works and Services Committee Chair Cr Larry Friske said council had tried to save the iconic structure, but now it had been demolished by the Department of Transport.
Discussions between council and State Government officials were held to try and get the government to rebuild the structure.
And council had pleaded with them not to remove the jetty until a master plan could be completed for the region.
Back in April a demolition order was issued for the jetty and council negotiated with the State Government to save as much of it as possible.
But Cr Friske said after “someone lit fire” to the jetty a few months ago, it was removed. Apparently the jetty had been set on fire before.
Council was able to negotiate with the government to leave the jetty’s piers as a place to fish from, although, you will have to get to them via boat now.
“It was in terribly bad shape anyway,” Cr Friske said this week.
“Queensland Transport always owned it, and we asked if they could leave somewhere to fish from.
“If it wasn’t burnt it still wouldn’t have been rebuilt, but we would have been happy to have (the department) rebuild it.”
Bullock Point Jetty was one of the bay’s last links with region’s mineral sands mining.
Ships that carried mineral sands from Fraser Island and workers travelling to and from the island used the jetty up to the early 70s.
The Gympie Times is seeking comment from DERM.