Input urged on jetty plan

LEASED: The Tumby Bay jetty is one of many across the state that are leased to councils by the state government.

LEASED: The Tumby Bay jetty is one of many across the state that are leased to councils by the state government.

Jetty leases set to expire in coming years have prompted councils across the state to advocate for new arrangements and future security, with public consultation now open to determine the importance of jetties.

The state government announced in May that a Jetties Strategic Plan would be developed to guide long-term funding.

South Australian councils also formed a jetties working group after the idea was put forward by the Tumby Bay District Council.

The council's chief executive officer Trevor Smith said this year the council budgeted $50,000 for an inspection of its two jetties.

Old figures from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure estimate Tumby Bay jetty repairs would cost $2.5 million but Mr Smith said those figures hold "no validity today".

"We've got about four years remaining on (the leases), which is why Tumby Bay and the Local Government Association believe it's important that new arrangements are worked out in the current term of the state government.

"The whole point is to remove that uncertainty before it becomes too late and we're doing it on a state wide basis so that it's fair to everybody."

LGA president and Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer said the strategic plan was important for regional jetty lease arrangements with the department.

"The strategic plan covers all jetties but there is a different arrangement for metro and regional jetties," he said.

"I urge the public to be involved in the process to highlight the importance of this piece of infrastructure for our community and the visiting public alike."

However Mr Telfer said the online survey was simplistic.

"It's the first step...but comprehensive asset assessments need to be made on jetties around the state to get a clear knowledge base of the physical state of these jetties," he said.

Tumby Bay councillor Stephen Hibbit said he was concerned the survey was only online.

"Our community survey had a majority of hard copy responses," he said.

The survey is available at yoursay.sa.gov.au.