Right now, the Elliston District Council is filled with anticipation and hopeful expectation.
After three years of steadily worsening telecommunications, the council lodged its application to the federal government’s Building Better Regions Fund at the end of last month for a grant to upgrade the telecommunications infrastructure that services Sheringa, Elliston, Port Kenny and Venus Bay.
If the grant application succeeds, construction will begin in early 2017.
By early 2019, a large proportion of the council’s residents, ratepayers and visitors will enjoy better telephone and internet services.
For the council’s Bramfield residents, this can’t come early enough – at the time of writing, Bramfield has been without home line and mobile services for well over a week.
Our community has suffered this sort of problem for too long now.
No place can plan for the future without knowing how attractive a destination it is to tourists, potential residents and businesses.
If our district is to grow, we need this basic service and we hope the grant assessors agree!
The council would again like to thank Regional Development Australian Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula and Telstra for their assistance in preparing the grant application.
The council would also like to thank the state government, who, through the Honourable Geoff Brock MP, committed to contribute $100,000 to our telecommunications project should our grant application succeed.
The historic Elliston Jetty remediation works are scheduled to start before the end of the month.
A second jetty shelter will also be installed, thanks to the SA Recfish whose support of fishing in this area has been magnificent.
The work is anticipated for completion prior to the Easter school holidays.
Please keep away from the jetty during the works.
The site is a construction site and there will be heavy machinery in use.
Elliston District Council mayor