Thursday, June 10, 2010

new stuff

Rottnest boaties can now tie up at a new jetty in front of the Thomson Bay hotel.

The $420,000 structure replaced the old jetty, which dated from the 1950s.

Tourism Minister Liz Constable said the new jetty was safer and extended further into the water.

It has six pens, can accommodate two vessels at the head, has 240 volt power, a ladder access for tenders and a ramp to assist with access for people with disabilities.

Ms Constable also named a new ranger vessel while she was on the island.

The craft was named Roland Smith, in honour of a Rottnest navigation pioneer.

“Roland Smith’s navigational markers can still be clearly seen today and he was a man dedicated to safe passage for mariners around Rottnest,” Ms Constable said.

“He also established the first of the moorings in Marjorie Bay and Narrow Neck.”

Roland Smith was the longest serving member of the Rottnest Island Board of Control and continued to contribute to the island through volunteer reafforestation work until his death in 1972.

A memorial to Mr Smith was erected by his friends in 1974 on the site of one of the first shore markers which help to guide boats safely into Narrow Neck.

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