Swan Bay is a very natural environment, protected bay near Queenscliff in Victoria. There is supposedly a treasure hidden in a cave on the southern shoreline of Swan Bay.
Almost 200 varieties of birds live there and banks of water grass provide habitat for fish spawning.
There is a myth that says the pirate Benito "Bloody Sword" Bonito, hid a treasure in Swan Bay, the "Lost Loot of Lima", sometime in 1821. He was subsequently given a trial and hanged and the treasure has never been found.
I am amazed to hear that the new Swan Bay Landing Jetty is built without any timber. They estimate it will last long past the typical twenty year life span of a traditional timber jetty, with minimal maintenance.
The jetty cost $135,000 and it was given a good work out over Easter, by vessels up to 5m in length.
It uses recycled steel railway lines as piles and has fibre glass beams with non slip fibreglass decking. It is held together with anti rust stainless steel bolts and aluminium plates. The extra financial outlay on the long lasting materials is expected to give a good return to the boating public and the environment over the long years ahead.
“Parks Victoria manages 41 piers and jetties around the Bays, with maintenance a constant battle.
Although, fibreglass isn’t going to be suitable in all locations, Swan Bay’s new landing jetty will set the
standard for other smaller structures built over coming years.”
“The new landing jetty runs along the entire length of the existing 15 metre boat ramp and then extendsfour metres into the water, providing a tie up spot for four small craft.”“Works on the new landing jetty started in late February and were completed on time ahead of Easter bycontractor GTK Constructions.” said Mr Davis.
The new fibre glass landing jetty was supported by a grant of $94,860 from the Boating Safety and
Facilities Program (BSFP). The BSFP is funded from a portion of the revenue generated from
recreational boat operator license and vessel registration fees.
For further information on Parks Victoria, call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or
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