Tumby Bay’s Eric Kotz released his fourth book last week and has three other projects underway, including restoring the Revesby homestead, an observatory chamber at the town jetty and a new habitat for the leafy sea dragons.
Mr Kotz released his fourth book, ‘Sir Joseph Banks Group’ last Friday with all profits to go towards the restoration of the Revesby homestead. The book focuses on the history, folklore and legends of the island groups.
Mr Kotz said he had sold about 30 per cent of his books before he had them printed.
“Once I recoup my book costs, the profits will go to the restoration of the Revesby homestead,” he said.
“So that people can go ashore and stay in it if they want too.
“The homestead is home to the worlds only death adder proof fence.”
Mr Kotz said the homestead is historic, as it’s the last homestead in the area that has not been renovated for modern living and shows what life looked like 40 to 50 years ago.
He said the ‘Friends of Revesby’ had planned to go to Adelaide soon to visit the state government and have them oversee the project to make the restoration process official.
“The last restoration was 33-years ago where the kids of Tumby Bay helped us restore it,” he said.
“Now we are hoping their kids will help us restore it this time.”
Mr Kotz said in addition to the ‘handyman standard’ homestead restoration, they would also fix the walking trails up to it.
Another project that he was working on was developing a habitat for the leafy sea dragons and marine life at the Tumby Bay jetty.
Mr Kotz said he was also hoping to gage interest these projects and see if there was local support to take them to the next stage.
“It would run parallel to the jetty and would attract other marine life to enhance the area for international divers,” he said.
The second project was a proposed underwater observatory in the towns jetty, with a shelter and solar panels to light up under the jetty at night for night diving.
“At this stage it may never happen,” he said.
“But it [the observatory] would be great for the grey nomads who can’t don a wetsuit.”
The proposed observatory would be a slot chamber possibly 20 metres long, at the end of the jetty with steps leading into it.
Mr Kotz said the exact details had not be worked out, but proposed access to the observatory would be provided to anyone capable of accessing a swimming pool.