Upgrade nears completion

The Port Neill foreshore upgrades are nearing completion after several small projects were finished as well as the large redevelopment of the foreshore park area. 

The foreshore upgrade cost about $300,000, half-funded by the Tumby Bay District Council and the other $150,000 funded by an open space grant from the state government. 

Port Neill Progress Association chairperson Louise McDonough said the foreshore upgrade was sought for many years.  

"The Port Neill foreshore has always been a beautiful spot, but things were looking a bit worn and tired and the area needed a face-lift," she said. 

She said the council used the grant and council funds to landscape one of the original car parks which now had winding gravel footpaths, garden beds, lighting, a path leading to the jetty, extra seating and a shelter. 

They hope to have two gas barbecues installed under the shelter once funding is found.

A large shade has also been installed over the seating next to the playground. 

"The progress association have received many positive comments on the foreshore redevelopment from the community and tourists," Ms McDonough said.

"The town was very busy over the school holidays with holiday makers and day visitors...there seemed to be a real buzz and our local businesses appreciated the extra business." 

Other projects were funded by other grant allocations, donations and local fundraising and the next redevelopment to be the foreshore public toilets.

The foreshore will be officially opened on March 25.