Tumby council gets Port Neill funds

UPGRADE: Port Neill Progress Association member Ros Scrase is excited to see the grant for the foreshore upgrade was successful.

UPGRADE: Port Neill Progress Association member Ros Scrase is excited to see the grant for the foreshore upgrade was successful.

After more than a decade of waiting the Port Neill community will see the foreshore upgrade move ahead.

The state government announced on Monday the Tumby Bay District Council would receive Open Space and Places for People grant funding from the Planning and Development Fund.

The council will receive $100,646 to go towards the redevelopment of the foreshore area, which will include drainage and beautification as well as a redesign of the jetty car park.

This will cover half of the first stage of the redevelopment with council funds making up the other half.

Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer said the council was excited to learn its application was successful.

“It’s fantastic to be rewarded as a council for so much hard work,” he said.

The council was unsuccessful last year with its funding application for the same grant.

Mr Telfer said council budgeted for a bigger percentage of the project than last year which would have helped get it over the line.

“Council’s contribution has been budgeted for and with this grant being successful it means the project would get underway as soon as possible,” he said.

This announcement was also good news for the Port Neill Progress Association as it has been lobbying for an upgrade of the foreshore area.

Progress Association secretary Ros Scrase said residents have been waiting “well over a decade” for work to begin and now it appeared to be on the horizon.

“We are delighted after years of waiting to hear that this time the grant application was successful,” she said.

“The Progress Association looks forward to working with council on this exciting project.”

Mrs Scrase said priorties for the foreshore area were upgrades to the car park area and landscaping as well as addition of paths and seating.

She said although an upgrade was overdue the council’s parks and gardens staff have done an excellent job in their grounds-keeping of the area.

A date for work to begin has not yet been set.

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