Jetty group gets funds from Minderoo Foundation

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Businessman Andrew Forrest, chariman of the Minderoo foundation.
Camera IconBusinessman Andrew Forrest, chariman of the Minderoo foundation. Credit: The West Australian

Minderoo Foundation has donated $100,000 to Busselton Jetty Inc in support of conservation activities and the structure’s rehabilitation.

The funding will focus on the development of a marine laboratory, rehabilitation of the jetty piles and construction of new underwater structures to enhance local habitats.

Billionaire mining magnate and Minderoo Foundation chairman Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest said the foundation was thrilled to support the “incredible, heritage-listed structure”.

“Rehabilitating the jetty, sustaining the artificial reef that flourishes beneath it and engaging visitors in marine research and conservation are all important priorities that Minderoo Foundation is thrilled to support to help sustain and advance the jetty for future generations,” he said.

Beneath the jetty is one of the world’s most diverse artificial reefs, with more than 300 marine species benefiting from the almost 700 wooden piles, but regular maintenance is required.

To help guarantee their longevity, the funding will apply a grease layer to each pile before they are wrapped in PVC and mesh.

New underwater structures towards the end of the jetty will also further enhance the underwater experience, extending the artificial reef.

Another keystone project is the lab, which will be located at the end of the jetty.

It will provide opportunities for people to learn about marine research and conservation, with aquariums, a touch pool, multi-sensory and participatory activities, illustrative media and interpretive signage slated to be built.

BJI chairperson Jenny Sheehan said recognition from Minderoo was a wonderful endorsement of their work.

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