The Tumby Bay District Council will spend up to $30,000 more than budgeted to ensure all work needed on its pontoon structure at the Tumby Bay boat ramp can be completed at once.
The council endorsed the budget adjustment for the project at its meeting last Tuesday.
Tumby Bay District Council mayor Sam Telfer said the council had done an audit on the state of the pontoon’s parts and recognised that the infrastructure was ageing.
“We’re extending the budget so all the parts of the pontoon needing renewal can happen at the same time,” he said.
“There have been residents and visitors that have recognised parts of the pontoon needed attention so it’s good to give them an answer.”
Mr Telfer said work would begin once tenders had been finalised and the contractors had been notified and the adjustment would not affect the budget too much.
“The budget is in a strong position,” he said.
Tumby Bay fisherman Tom Tierney said the news would be welcomed by frequent users of the boat ramp pontoon, including many local fishers.
Mr Tierney said there were many parts of the pontoon structure that were overdue for repair.
“Some of the rudders along the edges have been knocked about a bit over a period of time,” he said.
“There is quite a few people who use it so it wouldn’t be good if it wasn’t able to be used.”
Mr Tierney said the council should also look at putting serration on the boat ramp as its slipperiness was a safety hazard.