Three People Hospitalised in Rottnest Island Jetty Collapse

Three people have been airlifted to hospital in Perth after a part of a Rottnest Island jetty collapsed during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two women and a primary school-aged boy were fishing on Army Jetty near Thomson Bay at around 6:20am when a part of the structure collapsed.

WA Police said the women were able to get to shore safely but the boy was trapped when his foot became caught in the structure.

He was freed by people responding to the incident.

A fourth person is believed to have been caught up in the collapse but it is currently unclear.

All three people sustained multiple injuries, including broken bones.

The boy was airlifted to Perth Children’s Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The women were flown to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.

 

State Opposition Calls For Safety Audit into Rottnest Island Infrastructure

The State Opposition has called for a safety audit into public infrastructure at Rottnest Island following the jetty collapse.

Shadow Tourism Minister Libby Mettam said the State Government had failed to manage critical issues at one of WA’s most valuable tourism assets,

She claimed the McGowan Government had known about the Army Jetty’s poor structural integrity since 2014.

Ms Mettam said it was a concern that the State Government did not replace the jetty but also cut maintenance funding for the island from $8.6 million in 2016 to $2.8 million in 2017, despite spending to boost tourism numbers.

“Such a significant infrastructure failure at what is supposed to be a jewel in the crown of our tourism offering in WA is just another in the litany of issues that have been overseen by the current Minister for Tourism,” she said.

She said it was luck that no-one was killed in the accident and stated an audit was urgent.

“I call on the Minister to conduct an immediate safety audit of all public infrastructure on Rottnest Island and outline immediately what his plans are to repair or replace both the Army Jetty and the main jetty,” she said.

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