The Port Victoria and Port Rickaby jetties both sustained extensive damage through the severe storm event on 29 September 2016 with significant portions of both jetties being completely demolished.
Following an extensive assessment by maritime engineers working in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Infrastructure and Yorke Peninsula Council, a partial rebuilding program was completed in late December which enabled the jetties to be used during the summer holiday season.
In January a tender was released for the remaining rebuilding program. The rebuilding contract has been now been awarded to Maritime Constructions Harbours & Marine Pty Ltd.
An initial meeting between the contractor and Council is scheduled for 9th March. The duration of works will be subject to the availability of materials, however it is planned that both jetties will be completed by 31st May 2017. Jetty closures will be required during this time, however the contractor will make every effort to ensure that one of the two jetties will be open at all times –sign boards will be in place clearly showing the status of Open or Closed.
In announcing the rebuilding project, YPC CEO Andrew Cameron said “The extreme weather events of 2016 impacted Yorke Peninsula coastal regions worse than any other in South Australia. We are very grateful that the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure recognised the particular destruction to South Australia’s jetties and marine infrastructure, in particular Yorke Peninsula’s jetties, and moved quickly to create a fund of $3.5 million for repairs.”
“Yorke Peninsula’s jetties are a cornerstone of our culture and to have them rebuilt in this timeframe following such enormous damage is a huge comfort to the community.”