Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Federal Government fails to back Busselton Jetty

    10/05/2006 1:45 PM

    The Federal Government has failed to indicate in its Budget that it will back the restoration of the Busselton Jetty.

    South-West Minister Norm Marlborough said he was disappointed to learn that the Federal Member for Forrest, Geoff Prosser, seemed unable to convince his colleagues of the importance of the project to the local community.

    “The fact that the Federal Budget has not attributed any share of the cost toward repairing the jetty is not encouraging news,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “However, it will not deter the State from working toward a solution with the Busselton Shire.”

    The Minister reiterated his disbelief at Mr Prosser’s apparent objections toward supporting any proposals to keep the 140-year-old tourist drawcard.

    “If Mr Prosser continues to refuse to help the town of Busselton to achieve this historic project, I will be forced to go around him to seek the backing from the relevant Federal Ministers,” he said.

    Failure to restore the jetty would put the Underwater Observatory and the Interpretive Centre, to which the Federal Government has contributed $1.5milllion, at risk.

    “I cannot believe that while both the local and State Governments deem the restoration of the Busselton Jetty to be worth further investigation, the Federal Government does not,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The Minister vowed to lobby the Federal Government for support towards the estimated $18million cost of the project but admitted time was running short if the jetty was to be protected from the damaging forces of another winter.

    “We need to have the working group develop a recommendation for a rescue package to be put to State Cabinet by November,” he said.

    “At the same time, we will be forming a working group to consult the community and investigate the potential for foreshore land sales.”

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