After recent concerns about the safety of the St Barbara’s Square gazebo and surrounding pond, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has undertaken a building inspection which found the structure to be unsafe and recommended for removal.
Amongst other concerns, the review found timber rot on the balustrade structure, loose and missing fixtures and exposed electrical fittings.
City CEO John Walker said the gazebo is a worry for those walking beneath it or in close proximity.
“Our biggest concern is the health and public safety of the many pedestrians who cross through St Barbara’s Square on a daily basis. Not only could parts of the structure give way at any time, there are concerns with compliance against the Building Code of Australia, and drowning risk from the surrounding pond.”
“For these reasons, the City believes it’s in the best interest of the community to have the gazebo and pond removed and filled.”
Mr Walker said the space won’t stay empty forever, and will be reinvigorated as part of the Kalgoorlie CBD Transformation.
“The transformation of the Kalgoorlie CBD will give our residents a chance to have their say on how to make our City Centre vibrant and active, including the space around St Barbara’s Square.”