On Sunday 30 July 2017, we held a drop-in consultation session at Governors Bay Community Centre.
We asked six question:
- What does the jetty mean to you?
- What would you like to use the jetty for?
- What features would you like to see?
- Fundraising - how can we raise money?
- How could community groups help?
- What are your other suggestions and comments?
Those who attended wrote their ideas on post-it notes and could indicate their support (green dot) or otherwise (red dot) for other people's ideas.
Here's what they said.
In a nutshell, the jetty is a much-loved icon that people want to walk along, jump off, swim around, boat to, and admire the view from.
Most people want the jetty to look largely the same, but support features that have low visual impact, like benches, information boards, boat ramps, and a floating pontoon or extension into deeper water. Using sustainable and reclaimed materials is also popular.
There were lots of ideas for fundraising - some of which we were already planning (like plank sponsorship) and others that we hadn't thought of but will look into (like Bingo Babes).
Using volunteers and community groups for things like landscaping and building benches are great ideas and people raised issues like parking, dog poop, and wildlife.
Of course there were lots of other suggestions and comments, like having two short jetties (one at the current location and another at Sandy Bay) and running submarine tours - you'll have to read the document to see them all.