Busselton community to celebrate 30th anniversary of Save the Jetty committee

The 30th anniversary of the Save the Jetty committee will be celebrated this Saturday with a free family festival. Image supplied from Busselton Jetty.
The 30th anniversary of the Save the Jetty committee will be celebrated this Saturday with a free family festival. Image supplied from Busselton Jetty.

It has been 30 years since a passionate, community-minded group of locals came together with the common goal to save the now iconic Busselton Jetty.

Their efforts will be celebrated this Saturday with a free family festival.

The Save the Jetty committee, now known as Busselton Jetty Inc, was incorporated in 1987.

The group was formed after Cyclone Alby destroyed the jetty in 1978.

Busselton Jetty chief executive officer Lisa Shreeve said it took nine years of lobbying before a group of about 30 people formed a committee to work in earnest to save the jetty.

"It was their idea for the underwater observatory, the train, these things that have made it the tourist icon it is today,” she said.

In 2016, 473,000 visitors descended on the jetty, making it the second highest paid attraction in WA after Perth Zoo.

Ms Shreeve said she hoped to see the South West community turn out in force to commemorate the occasion.

"None of us members are getting any younger and there is a brand new population here in Busselton who don't know the history of the jetty," she said.

"We want to create a new generation of jetty ambassadors and supporters who can continue the tradition for years to come."

Festivities will be held on the foreshore including performances at a special stage on the grass by The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen.

Theatre group Acting Up will reenact how the jetty was saved by the committee at 11.15am.

Free hire of pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards and see-through canoes will be on offer from 11am to 2pm. Bookings will open at 10.45am.

Activities will run from 10am to 3pm and the Jetty will be free to walk on the day.

In celebration of the anniversary, Busselton Jetty Inc will host Locals Week from November to Friday 1 December.

During these dates, Busselton residents can enjoy a free return train ride on the Stocker Preston Express at 9am and 5pm.

For full list of Saturday’s events and timings visit www.busseltonjetty.com.au.

To pre-book a train ride call 9754 0900.