Com­ment opens on ‘cir­cle’ jetty

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - MICHELLE ETHERIDGE

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

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