Funds for Cowell jetty work

UPGRADES: Cowell's jetty upgrades next year will coincide with the Franklin Harbour District Council's foreshore redevelopment.
UPGRADES: Cowell's jetty upgrades next year will coincide with the Franklin Harbour District Council's foreshore redevelopment.

The Cowell jetty will get a facelift next year as a part of upgrades to three South Australian jetties.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mulligan is calling for tenders for the $3.4 million worth of works, which includes Henley Beach and Semaphore jetties.

The jetty in Cowell will be undergoing $500,000 in maintenance, including driving new piles, replacing some deck timber and the design and installation of new stairs.

These works will be funded through the state government’s marine maintenance program.

Franklin Harbour District Council mayor Robert Starr said that the works coincided well with the council’s foreshore marina project.

“We are putting in another boat ramp and pontoon in time for Christmas,” Mr Starr said.

“This would allow give the recreational fishers to stay out of the way of the oyster punts.

“It’ll also create safer area for fisherman to get in and out of their boats.”

The boat ramp and pontoon is the first part of the council’s $22-million foreshore redevelopment.

Mr Mullighan said the state’s jetties and marine infrastructure were important.

“In small country towns such as Cowell, jetties are important tourist attractions, playing a vital role in drawing people to often remote areas, especially for fishing.​”

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said the Cowell jetty was vital to the town’s tourism.

“Cowell is a key tourist destination on the Eyre Peninsula especially for people who come to fish and the jetty is critical to drawing holiday makers and fishers,” Mr Hughes said.

“Jetties are important to South Australians living near the coast, especially in country towns, so it’s important to make sure that they are maintained in places such as Cowell so they can continue to be enjoyed by everyone.”