Rottnest Island Authority launches inquiry into Army Jetty Incident

Rottnest Island Authority launches inquiry into Army Jetty Incident

The Rottnest Island Authority today announced details of an inquiry into the collapse of a section of the historic Army Jetty at South Thomson Bay on 24 October 2018.

Chairman John Langoulant said the Authority has convened an independent expert inquiry led by professional services firm KPMG.

“We have engaged KPMG to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matters that contributed to this event,” Mr Langoulant said.

“The incident shocked our island community and we’re working to get to the bottom of the events leading up to the accident.”

The inquiry will also involve Perth engineering firm, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA) and Department of Transport will provide technical expertise and peer review.

The inquiry will be delivered in November 2018.

A comprehensive review of Island infrastructure is also underway by the Rottnest Island Authority in order to provide necessary assurance to the Western Australian community regarding the condition, performance and safety of the publicly-owned Island assets.

“The safety of our visitors remains our highest priority, and our entire Board is committed to using the findings of the inquiry to deliver the best possible experience on Rottnest,” he said.

“Rottnest is an iconic destination close to the hearts of West Australians and we recognise that as custodians of this historic island we have a responsibility to make every corner as accessible and safe as possible.”

The Rottnest Island Authority is finalising the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-2024 which has a key focus on strengthening infrastructure to support visitor growth and amenity.


Communications and Media Manager RIA, Ashleigh Telford, 0419 942 278