Yorke Peninsula Council is pleased to report that the South Australian Government has moved quickly on plans to repair damaged jetties after last week’s storms. In a joint statement today, Minister for Local Government, Hon Geoff Brock MP, and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Hon Stephen Mullighan MP announced provision of $3.5 million to repair jetties and marine infrastructure which were damaged in South Australia’s severe weather event last week.
Many jetties across the state sustained extensive damage from a combination of high tides and severe storms including our own Port Rickaby and Port Victoria jetties. The SA Government recognises the importance of these jetties to the community fabric of those towns and will meet the cost of repair works.
The western coast of YP bore the brunt of gale force winds with significant damage to Port Victoria and Port Rickaby jetties. The Port Victoria jetty is a State Heritage-listed YP icon and suffered severe damage with 4 piles and 50 metres of deck destroyed. Large sections of the Port Rickaby jetty were also destroyed. The jetties will require extensive repairs, including the replacement of girders, decking and hand railing. “
Since the storm, Council staff have been assessing and cleaning up the damage across the Peninsula. Council staff have also been liaising with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to brief them on damage to their assets (such as the jetties).
CEO Andrew Cameron said “The Yorke Peninsula Council is delighted that the State Government has recognised the historic and ongoing importance of the Port Rickaby and Port Victoria Jetties and is acting so quickly to ensure their restoration. The community response to the loss of our two symbolic jetties has been highly emotive, demonstrating their fundamental link to the peninsula lifestyle.”
“YPC will work closely with the State Government to manage and restore these assets. Repair work will start and be completed as soon as possible.