Committee gets an insight into coastal and marine infrastructure

The Parliament of South Australia's Environment, Resources and Development Committee toured Eyre Peninsula this month to meet with coastal councils and get an insight into how coastal and marine infrastructure was managed.

The committee visited a number of coastal centres across the region over four days and were shown key pieces of infrastructure within towns managed by their council.

In Port Lincoln, the committee had the opportunity to take a look at coastal and marine infrastructure such as the seawall along the foreshore, the jetty, Axel Stenross Boat Ramp and Parnkalla Trail.

Port Lincoln City Council chief executive officer Matthew Morgan said it was a good opportunity to express to the committee some of the challenges they faced in managing the infrastructure.

"We were able to show them some of the man-made infrastructure that exists which is costly to maintain," he said.

"We took them down to the foreshore area to have a look at the seawall that are fairly old, undermined by weather and sea, and tree roots from pines along the foreshore, plus the jetty which is 160-years-old.

"We can allocate funds, and have done so this year for some repairs, but it is great for the committee to have a better understanding of the challenges faced by councils, both financial and regulatory."

Mr Morgan said while the council did have money allocated to certain marine infrastructure, it was also important to seek support where possible from both the state and federal governments, and other funding sources.

Port Lincoln will be focussing on its foreshore precinct, with more than $350,000 allocated in the budget for repairs to the seawall and $1.3 million for jetty upgrades and repairs.

He said there had also been concerns expressed by some councils about the challenges faced by the influx of tourists and how to monitor campgrounds.