Jetty celebrates its post-Alby rebirth

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

Busselton Jetty held a free festival at the foreshore on Saturday to celebrate the community leadership and passion which saved the jetty after it was destroyed by Cyclone Alby in 1978.

About 30 years ago a group of dedicated community members rallied to save the jetty from demolition, instead restoring the heritage icon which now attracts about 470,000 visitors a year.

Celebrations on the day included performances, competitions, a walk-a-thon, treasure hunt, exhibitions, displays, and children’s activities.

A time capsule was filled at the event with some of its contents including minutes from the first meeting after the tropical cyclone, a list of the 1987 committee members, annual reports, 30th anniversary commemorative coins, and poems and letters from jetty staff and members.

The time capsule will be kept at Railway House and opened in 30 years time.

PICTURES: CHLOE FRASER AND ANNA TARLICK

Pearl, 4 and Max, 6 Geracitano, Des Chidzey.
Camera IconPearl, 4 and Max, 6 Geracitano, Des Chidzey. Credit: Picture: Chloe Fraser, Chloe Fraser, Busselton Dunsborough Times.
Nelle and Taya Hull, 9.
Camera IconNelle and Taya Hull, 9. Credit: Picture: Chloe Fraser, Chloe Fraser, Busselton-Dunsborough Times.
John Mark, Denise McMillan, Judy Davy with front, Taj Parker, 6, Liz and Angelo Sanzone.
Camera IconJohn Mark, Denise McMillan, Judy Davy with front, Taj Parker, 6, Liz and Angelo Sanzone. Credit: Picture: Chloe Fraser, Chloe Fraser, Busselton Dunsborough Times.
Colouring competition winner Amity Burling.
Camera IconColouring competition winner Amity Burling. Credit: Picture: Anna Terlick, Anna Terlick.
Busselton Jetty member Dick Shore taught children to cast at the fishing clinic.
Camera IconBusselton Jetty member Dick Shore taught children to cast at the fishing clinic. Credit: Anna Terlick
Jetty member and volunteer Jetty host Barb Bawden volunteered at the sausage sizzle.
Camera IconJetty member and volunteer Jetty host Barb Bawden volunteered at the sausage sizzle. Credit: Picture: Anna Terlick, Anna Terlick.

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