Making a better first impression

The proposed improvement to the west side of the wharf.
The proposed improvement to the west side of the wharf.

The city of Port Lincoln again threw open its arms to cruise ship passengers as the local cruise season kicked off last week.

A comprehensive Cruise Ship Welcome Program - along with the support of a large group of volunteers and local businesses - goes a long way to making a good impression on the more than 20,000 international and domestic visitors who will disembark in the city over the 2019/20 season.

However the city's main wharf where the cruise ships dock does not offer the most welcoming environment.

It is good to see this is about to change.

The next stage of the Parnkalla Trail wharf precinct redevelopment, which started this week, will provide a long-awaited improvement to what mayor Brad Flaherty describes in today's front page story as "the gateway to our town" for cruise ship passengers.

While it may seem like unfortunate timing to have the upgrade work being carried out in the midst of the cruise season, the council has provided reassurance that access to the wharf area will remain open throughout the construction work and the end result should be worth any temporary disruptions.

Ultimately the upgrade will provide a more appealing and user-friendly area, not only for visitors but also locals who use the wharf for recreation year round.

Business night of nights

Best of luck to the local businesses and individuals in the running for awards at the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism's annual Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night.

As always, the event will be a great showcase of the high calibre of businesses and business people in the local community.

These people play a key role in maintaining Port Lincoln and the surrounding area as a successful and vibrant place that people want to live and work and while they may not be in it for the accolades it is important to recognise those that go above and beyond.