Foreshore officially opened

The Port Neill Foreshore was officially opened on Monday march 25 by the Tumby Bay District Council mayor Sam Telfer and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar.

The event was attended by about 40 people, including progress association members, visitors, school children, councillors and council staff. 

Manager for environmental services Emma MacDonald spoke about the project logistics, followed by and address from Mr Telfer and Mr Treloar. 

The two men then cut a white ribbon in front of the foreshore's mosaic bench to signify the official opening. 

The formalities were then followed by a 'country-style' morning tea in the green shed prepared by Port Neill Post and Trade and included homemade pastries, sandwiches, scones with jam and cream as well as tea and coffee. 

The project has taken approximately four years for the redevelopment to come to fruition, with the final result including a shared pathway, landscaping, and new shade shelters. 

The completed foreshore works are complimented by improvements made to the "green shed", the addition of the mosaic bench by Karen Carr, and other ongoing improvements by the Port Neill Progress Association. 

The SA Tourism Commission also contributed with the instalment of free WiFi in the area.

The project cost $300,000 with half funded by the state government's 'Places for People' grant program, and the other half from the Tumby Bay District Council. 

Community development officer at the council Naomi Blacker said the focus was making the area more user-friendly for the elderly, children, families and visitors. 

"During the consultation process, members of the community clearly articulated that the foreshore area is of key importance to them, and that it is the public space that defines the township," she said. 

"Council acknowledges the work of Outerspace Landscape Architects , EP Civil and the Port Neill Progress Association."

Manager Environmental Services at the council Emma McDonald helped to launch the foreshore. 

"The improvements to the public space has enhanced Port Neill township's unique relationship with the coast, with the end result a functional and attractive recreational space for local residents and the many visitors who enjoy Port Neill year around," she said at the opening.