Crane offers waterfront lift

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Department of Transport senior project engineer Olaya Lope, South West Development Commission CEO Melissa Teede, Dwyer Engineering owner Joe Dwyer, project manager Adam Smythe, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke and Bunbury MLA Don Punch take a look at the old jetty structure being restored in Harvey.Picture: Briana Fiore
Camera IconDepartment of Transport senior project engineer Olaya Lope, South West Development Commission CEO Melissa Teede, Dwyer Engineering owner Joe Dwyer, project manager Adam Smythe, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke and Bunbury MLA Don Punch take a look at the old jetty structure being restored in Harvey.Picture: Briana Fiore

The refurbishment of a crane from the early 1900s will ensure an iconic piece of Bunbury’s past will have a place in the city’s future.

Through its Jetty Road causeway upgrade, the Department of Transport is refurbishing Bunbury’s Arrol crane and ensuring it continues as a landmark for future generations.

Built in 1911 by Sir William Arrol and Co Ltd in Glasgow, the crane was one of several located on the Bunbury Timber Jetty and was used to load and unload ships.

Working with Bunbury-based WML Consultants, Dwyer Engineering is carrying out restoration works from its Harvey workshop.

“It’s fantastic to have this heritage-listed project here in Harvey,” managing director Joe Dwyer said.

“Projects like these should stay in the South West and help continue to support local jobs.”

South West Development Commission chief executive Mellisa Teede said she was delighted that work to restore the crane’s structural integrity would allow it to continue to serve as a tangible reminder of Bunbury’s past.

“It is fantastic that a part of Bunbury’s history could be enhanced as works progress on the $12.65 million Jetty Road causeway upgrade through Stage Two of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront,” Ms Teede said.

“It is great to see local businesses continue to be involved in delivering the transformation of Bunbury’s waterfront.

“The region is home to very capable businesses with skilled employees and, in this case, DoT has ensured locals were given chances to connect to opportunities on this project.”

Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront is a State Government project coordinated by the South West Development Commission and delivered in partnership with Department of Transport, DevelopmentWA, the City of Bunbury, and Bunbury Development Committee.

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