Having secured an access agreement with the owner of the land surrounding it, the Broome Shire is looking to extend some tender loving care to the dilapidated but historic pearling lugger port, Streeter’s Jetty.
Since it was built in the late 1890s to moor pearling luggers, Streeter’s Jetty is believed to have been reconstructed mid last century, and has always been a Broome landmark.
The jetty has fallen into disrepair after years of the State Government, Broome Port Authority and the Shire arguing over who was responsible for its maintenance.
The State Government last year decided the Shire was the owner and responsible for the maintenance of the jetty.
The Shire then needed to negotiate with Paspaley Pearls, which owned the land the jetty backs onto.
Shire property management leasing co-ordinator Amanda Dunn said the five year access agreement meant the Shire could now improve the site. This could include seating and the Shire would restore and maintain the jetty.
Mrs Dunn said the Shire had been searching for years to find tradespeople qualified to restore the jetty. Recently the Shire contacted local carpenter Lachie Fraser, who has worked on many local historical buildings, such as the Broome Historical Society’s sailmaker’s shed, Koolspot Cafe and the old Anglican Church. Mr Fraser said jarrah had been used in parts of the jetty, but also a straightgrowing mangrove or Dampier Peninsula ironwood or cadjebut was used for the pylons.
“Historically it may have been either or both that were used,” he said.
Mrs Dunn said the Shire was now keen to hear from anyone who also had timber restoration or related skills, or who had collected similar timber over the years.Mr Fraser said he was excited about working on Streeter’s Jetty. He said it was a great opportunity to work with and pass on skills to other local tradesmen.