Trail on track

UPGRADE UNDERWAY: Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty at the site of the latest stage of the Parnkalla Trail upgrade.
UPGRADE UNDERWAY: Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty at the site of the latest stage of the Parnkalla Trail upgrade.

THE next stage of the $1 million Parnkalla Trail upgrade at the wharf started this week.

This stage, between the grain silos and fishing jetty, will cost about $470,000 and includes a boardwalk, balustrades, fencing, footpath surfaces, street furniture and a shelter.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty said this stage would upgrade the "gateway to our town" for the thousands of cruise ship passengers who arrived each year.

"These upgrades will provide a great welcome to Port Lincoln," Mr Flaherty said.

The Port Lincoln City Council's chief executive officer Stephen Rufus said the upgrade to the trail through the wharf precinct would provide a "much-needed lift to the quality of public open space".

Mr Rufus said the work would also provide safer access and pedestrian movement for residents and visitors.

Interpretive signage emphasising Port Lincoln and the wharf precinct's history, will also be installed once construction is complete.

Mr Rufus said the wharf area would remain open for recreational users and there would be signs directing people through an alternative route to connect with the trail.

"Access to the fishing jetty spur will also remain open as much as possible throughout the project," he said.

The first stage of the redevelopment was completed in October 2018 through the main carpark and the historical Troubridge ferry docking point.

The Port Lincoln City Council, in partnership with Flinders Ports, has contributed 50 per cent of the funding toward the project with the State Development Fund putting in a matching contribution.

The final stage of the project is scheduled to start in April 2020 and will upgrade the trail from the Troubridge ferry point to the Kirton Point refuelling wharf.

Port Lincoln building company Kym Clarke Constructions is building this stage.