Tranby tourism hopes cast adrift

AN opportunity to boost tourism in Maylands has backfired because Captain Cook Cruises is not guaranteed access to the jetty next to Tranby House.

Last year Bayswater city council and the WA government spent $247,000 restoring and modifying Tranby Jetty so larger commercial vessels and recreational boats could make regular stops at the 1839-built house on the Swan River foreshore.

At the time of approval, former councillor Sonia Turkington said the National Trust had struggled to attract visitors to Tranby and the cruise visits would be a tourism fillip.

Following WA government funding guidelines, council voted that priority should be given to recreational jetty users, but the Voice discovered Captain Cook is not allowed to moor there at all—its passengers can only embark and disembark.

“If a commercial vessel moors at the jetty it is unfortunately no longer accessible for recreational users, therefore mooring for commercial vessels is prohibited,” mayor Sylvan Albert says.

“The principal intention to replace the Tranby Jetty was to make it accessible for recreational boating users.”

• MLC Donna Faragher, mayor Sylvan Albert and WA transport minister Dean Nalder at the Tranby Jetty. Photo supplied

• MLC Donna Faragher, mayor Sylvan Albert and WA transport minister Dean Nalder at the Tranby Jetty. Photo supplied

Cooks’ CEO Pauline McAlinden says stops won’t be scheduled at Tranby until the company is guaranteed access.

“When leisure craft are moored at the jetty, there might not be enough space for our vessel,” she says.

“Part of the agreement was that leisure craft would be given priority, so it’s just your luck when you get there.

“We are thinking about a heritage-style cruise, so if that happens we will speak to council and see if we can get priority access for a specific time.”

Captain Cook ran cruises to the house before the jetty became too dilapidated.

The replacement of the Tranby Jetty was jointly funded by the WA government’s recreational boating facilities scheme and Bayswater council.

Tranby House, one of WA’s oldest settlement properties, is an historic farmer’s cottage located on Johnson Road.

It is is associated with a group of devout Wesleyan Methodists, led by Joseph Hardey and other members of his family who’d arrived in WA on the ship Tranby in February 1830.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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