Last week the Environment, recourses and development committee visited four different locations across the Eyre Peninsula.
During their visit they looked at some of the environmental challenges that are faced here on the EP around managing coastal and marine infrastructure.
Some of the key areas that were looked at here in Port Lincoln included infrastructure around the foreshore sea wall and the town jetty which is now more than 160 years old.
CEO Matthew Morgan says while there is funding included in the foreshore redevelopment plan to help repair these areas, these kinds of visits very welcomed and important for unlocking future funding.
“It’s great to see the state government and these sorts of committees taking a very good interest in regional areas and we love it when people come to town because we get to share stories and we get to show the challenges that we have as a large rural council, we still have to fund critical infrastructure along the coast and we need support from both state and federal government.
As we know the town jetty is a very old but much loved structure and we're just working through the process of a condition assessment, with the foreshore project we've got around $900,000 allocated for upgrades for the jetty. We’ve also got about $150,000 this year and $200,000 next year so we've got about $1.3 million dollars for the jetty.
With the sea wall, it has fallen into disrepair. It's being undermined in two directions so one from the high tide waves and from the weather, but also from the tree routes along the trail so we've got over $350,000 allocated in the foreshore project to address that issue.
“But further funding is always welcomed and so are visits from federal and state committees.” said Matthew.
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