Comment opens on ‘circle’ jetty
WORK on the new 165m “loop” jetty at Whyalla would begin early next year, if the local council’s $3.8 million project wins development approval.
The State Commission Assessment Panel has released designs for public comment.
Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer hoped the new jetty, which features a 145m circular boardwalk, pictured, would become “an icon in the region”.
“It’s something different and we’ve taken a bit of a risk in building it,” Ms Breuer said. “We’re hoping it will bring tourists to the area to have a look because it’s a unique design.
“We’ll capture some of the grey nomads going through and any keen anglers can have a go because we’re known to be good fishing spot in Whyalla.”
The council is preparing to open a tender process for the jetty’s construction, and Ms Breuer hoped local people would find work on the project.
The State Government is contributing $1 million towards the project’s cost.
Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, which took over the town’s steelworks in 2016, will donate the steel for the project.
When the project was flagged about a year ago, it was expected to cost about $1.25 million, but since then, the council has revised the designs to make the jetty much longer.
If approved, the council hopes to start work in February and have the jetty open in time for Christmas 2019.
Whyalla chief executive Chris Crowley said tenderers could be advantaged if they planned to make a larger local investment in procurement and employment. Public comment on the plans closes on September 20. Visit saplanningportal.sa.gov.au