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COASTAL engineers, engaged by Point Turton
Ratepayers Association, have lodged a develop-
ment application with Yorke Peninsula Council
to construct a seawall for protecting properties
along North Coast Road.
Two separate applications have been lodged, the
first for a wall of about 500 metres from the swim-
ming centre involving 17 properties and several
sections of crown land, the second for works in
front of two shacks further along the beachfront.
Up to two metres of cliff face was lost in front
of a number of shacks after storms and king tides
in September. Owners were concerned future
high tides could continue to undermine the area.
The coastal erosion protection strategy out-
lined in the application includes seawall and cliff
stabilisation works, as well as compacted fill and
landscaping to protect private properties and
crown land. It is also proposed to demolish exist-
ing access stairs, boat rails and unauthorised pro-
Cost of the project has been estimated at more
than $425,000 for the first section and $50,000 for
the second. It has not yet been decided how the
project will be paid for.
Public submissions about the development
close Wednesday, January 25. You can view the
applications at council’s Yorketown office.
at Point Turton
LOCALS are still on hold waiting for spe-
cific details about the mobile base station
earmarked for the Bute/Alford area.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey
promised a tower at the federal elec-
tion and said it will be honoured as
part of round three of the Mobile Black
Spots Program, which targets sites
nominated by local MPs.
“Details haven’t been finalised yet
because round three is yet to come,”
Mr Ramsey said.
“I believe nominations will be called
for this round in February but Bute will
already be allocated because it was an
District Council of Barunga West
mayor Cynthia Axford said she’s con-
cerned specific details about the pro-
ject haven’t been released.
“They made this promise before the
election as a vote catcher and people
are very passionate about the issue,”
Mrs Axford said.
“The lack of service is always in peo-
ple’s minds and during harvest it
caused several disruptions ... farmers
need to be able to communicate with
“Everyone is talking about it (the
promised tower), it’s the top of their
Council decided to write to Mr
Ramsey in December reminding him
about the lack of mobile phone cover-
age in the area.
“We haven’t been provided with any
finer details and surely they would have
costings or even a location if they
promised the project,” Mrs Axford said.
“We will continue to ask questions
and if we don’t get answers we need to
insist on more because we can’t be left
out on a limb.”
Federal Minister for Regional
Communications Fiona Nash said,
while guidelines haven’t been devel-
oped for round three yet, funding is
committed to Bute.
announced a third round of the Mobile
Black Spots Program during the 2016
election campaign, which committed
funding to Bute,” Ms Nash said.
“The guidelines for round three are
currently under development, follow-
ing the December 2016 announcement
of the outcomes of round two.”
still on hold
WALLAROO’S new swim-
ming enclosure is moving
ahead despite being exten-
slashed half of the 10 heavy-
duty ropes holding the struc-
ture in place and removed
Police are continuing to
investigate the damage,
which was discovered on
Friday, January 6.
“Police are requesting
any information from mem-
bers of the public in relation
to the incident,” Sergeant
Mel Harris said.
Security cameras have
now been installed in the
area near the enclosure and
council will soon add flood-
The project had already
faced numerous delays due
to a hold up in the delivery
of key components and
stormy weather on Tuesday,
The vandalism caused
another considerable set-
back just as the pontoons
which will form the new
pool were about to be
Repairs will not cost
District Council of the
Copper Coast any money as
the project is still in the
hands of contractors, under
a fixed-price contract, who
will claim the added expens-
es on insurance.
Council will now push for
the contractors to replace the
damaged ropes and install
the pontoons as soon as pos-
sible, aiming to have the
enclosure finished in time for
school swimming lessons.
“We were three weeks
away from completing the
enclosure at Christmas and
we are basically back at that
point,” CEO Peter Harder
“If not for the damage we
would have been putting the
finishing touches on by now.
“We think the best thing
is to push forward and cre-
ate something the commu-
“The repairs will be hap-
pening this week.”
Mayor Paul Thomas said
it was disappointing people
would have to wait longer to
access the pool.
“We’re always trying to
provide activities for young
people in our community
and this pool is for all ages,”
Mr Thomas said.
“There are people who
have disabilities who like to
go swimming and can’t walk
a long way into the water,
and the pool will provide for
Stage two of the project
will involve adding features,
such as slides and jumping
platforms, and anyone
wanting to be involved in
the planning can email
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z PONTOON POOL... Lucius, Seth and Flynn Snodgrass at the Wallaroo swimming enclosure, which is going ahead despite
being extensively damaged earlier this month.
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