Port Lincoln foreshore being prepared for Tuna Poler

WORKSITE: Port Lincoln City Council's community assets and civil projects officer Sebastian Carr with sculptor Ken Martin in front of the site where the statue will go.
WORKSITE: Port Lincoln City Council's community assets and civil projects officer Sebastian Carr with sculptor Ken Martin in front of the site where the statue will go.

The installation of a statue paying tribute to Port Lincoln's tuna pioneers is getting closer as work begins at the statue's future home on the foreshore to ready for its unveiling next month.

Work began on Tuesday to prepare the site, located between two Norfolk Island pine trees on the eastern side of the Port Lincoln jetty, to prepare for the installation of the tuna poler statue, created by local sculptor Ken Martin.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty said he was excited to see work start on the foreshore precinct for the installation of the statue.

Mr Martin is also happy to see the site being prepared.

"It's been three years in the making from the design stage right through to installation," he said.

Access to the lawn area between the town jetty toilets and the dais will be restricted during construction but the Parnkalla Trail will remain open with detours during key stages of construction.

The sculpture, depicting a tuna poler catching a tuna, had a rare coloured patina applied to the bronze at the start of the year.

Mr Martin said a cable still needed to be put on from the top of the pole to the fish and a plaque would be added.

The Port Lincoln City Council's chief executive officer Stephen Rufus said the precinct around the statue would be upgraded and it would be a taste of things to come for the proposed foreshore redevelopment being considered as part of the council's foreshore, CBD and marina precinct master planning project.

The statue was commissioned by Rotary Club of Port Lincoln in conjunction with Axel Stenross Maritime Museum and funded by community donations.