The state government announcement comes in the wake of a $35,000 commitment from the City of Onkaparinga towards upgrades to the landward parts of the site, and years of advocacy efforts by council, elected officials and the community.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor said the upgrade was a big win for the community.
“This funding announcement is a really great outcome for local boaties, the fishing community and emergency services that use the ramp,” Mayor Thompson said.
“Council has supported the state government, which is responsible for infrastructure seaward of the high-water mark (such as the ramp and pontoons), with investigations into an upgrade of the boat launching ramp since 2012.
“In that time, we’ve lobbied them for funding while providing ongoing maintenance and improvements to the landward parts of the site council is responsible for, alongside tireless campaigning from a range of residents, elected officials, community groups and volunteers.
“Council approved a funding contribution of $35,000 in March 2020 towards works that will facilitate the upgrade, including lighting, stormwater relocation and reinstating pavement, so it’s fantastic news that the state government has now committed to the project.”
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said upgraded jetty and boating infrastructure across the state would improve safety and boost regional economies.
“We know jetties and boat ramps are often at the heart of coastal communities and they play an important role in South Australians’ way of life,” Minister Wingard said.
“$20 million in the upcoming State Budget will see boat ramps and jetties get a face lift right across South Australia – from Streaky Bay on the West Coast to Beachport in the South East and the West Beach boat ramp in between.
“We know many South Australians love nothing more than getting out in the boat and dropping a line to try and catch a fish.
“Recreational fishing is critical part of our state’s economy and these upgrades will hopefully encourage more people to get out on the water which has a significant flow on effect to local businesses.
“Importantly new and improved jetties and boat ramps will increase safety for those enjoying the wonderful coastline South Australia has to offer.”
Katrine Hildyard MP, who led a deputation to council and presented a petition to parliament requesting an upgrade to the boat ramp, said she was “proud to have supported the tireless determined collective work of our community and outstanding leaders”.
A WIN FOR THE COMMUNITY
O'Sullivan Beach boat ramp, circa 2011.