The State Government has confirmed it will push ahead with a $3 million rebuild of a South West jetty although a question mark still lingers around its future ownership. Fears the refurbishment of the beloved Australind landmark would not go ahead — in the wake of contentious debate around its ownership — have been pacified after the State Government on Wednesday confirmed it was “committed” to the upgrades. In a statement to the Harvey-Waroona Reporter a spokesperson from the Minister for Water’s office highlighted the $3m in funding provided by the State Government last year for the rebuild. “The McGowan Government has committed $3 million to rebuild the Australind Jetty,” they said. “The $3 million allocated to rebuilding the Australind Jetty is not contingent upon who is responsible for the future management and maintenance of the jetty.” Closed for more than a year due to an injury sustained by a visitor, the jetty was built by the State Government to service the nearby La Porte Industries titanium extraction plant. After confirmation, earlier this year that the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation “no longer needed the jetty for its original purpose” it was requested the Harvey Shire take ownership of the public facility. Following the request councillors in April voted to remove any indication it was agreeable to the State Government acquisition request and asked DWER to provide details of ongoing annual maintenance costs. Deputy president Michelle Campbell said the council needed an asset management plan for the jetty. “This investigation is to consider the use of alternate, robust materials that will prolong the life of the infrastructure and reduce ongoing maintenance costs,” she said. “(The amendment) removes any indication that council is agreeable to the request from DWER at this time.” According to the Shire of Harvey maintenance fees are estimated to cost between $37,500 and $75,000 each year. Shire president Paul Gillett told the Harvey-Waroona Reporter the “future looks bright” for the jetty. “The jetty will remain part of the Australind landscape and the Shire is continuing meaningful discussions with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in regard to the future management of the jetty,” he said.