The Kangaroo Island tourism industry and local fishers will soon benefit from a newly refurbished Kingscote Jetty with works starting in the coming weeks to upgrade the run down and dilapidated structure.
The project, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022, forms part of the SA Gov’s $20 million commitment to upgrade jetties, boat ramps and boating facilities across the state.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the project will ensure safe and reliable infrastructure for the local community and tourists for decades to come.
“The jetty is in dire need of refurbishment and these works will enable it to be used safely for fishing and other recreational activities by locals and tourists alike. We know jetties and boat ramps are often at the heart of coastal communities and they play an important role in South Australians’ way of life. The project is another great example of the Marshall Government building what matters for the South Australian community. Our $20 million investment in marine facilities is supporting approximately 80 full time equivalent jobs during construction. The package also includes upgrades to two other Kangaroo Island jetties, at Cape Jervis and Penneshaw” continued Corey Wingard.
The Kingscote Jetty works include:
· new piling
· cross bracing and re-decking on the main jetty
· refurbishment of the nearby Fisherman’s Wharf and Screw Pile jetties
· removal of infrastructure that is no longer required
Further intermittent closures of the jetty structures will be required as work progresses.
In addition to these works, the jetty upgrades at Cape Jervis and Penneshaw are expected to commence in 2022, in conjunction with the $22 million Kangaroo Island Ports Refurbishment works at Cape Jervis and Penneshaw.