Bringing back public servants into council

For more than a year now, the elected members of the Elliston District Council have consciously sought to improve the council’s capacity to undertake its own construction and maintenance work rather than relying on outside workers.

Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan

Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan

During the construction of the Elliston Coastal Trail project, it was noticeable that the council was too reliant on outside contractors, who often had to come from Adelaide.

This causes problems with getting quotes and programming work, and adds to the cost with contractors from Adelaide generally adding 25 per cent to the quote for remote working.

Most importantly though, it diminishes the council’s ability to maintain new assets after they are built.

So during the  Elliston Coastal Trail project machinery was purchased and training undertaken so the council’s work force is able to maintain the new coastal assets the trail has delivered.

With the $1.8-million coastal trail project delivering the development of the town jetty area and front beach, as well as the coastal trail itself, the maintenance workload required has grown significantly and the council is now able to do much of this maintenance itself.

Mount Wedge to Kyancutta Road 

During the last financial year, 2016/2017, the council constructed 3 kilometres of the Mount Wedge to Kyancutta Road to sealing stage.

This year, 10 kilometres of the road will be constructed to sealing stage by council workers instead of contractors brought in from elsewhere.

This was, and is, the first time in more than a decade that council workers worked on a road project to this stage.

Residents in Elliston, Lock, Venus Bay and Port Kenny should also have noticed a greater emphasis on maintaining and improving the council’s important tourist assets – the campsites and beaches along our spectacular coast.

With the jetty being open this summer, the coastal trail looking magnificent and our townships and campsites looking as good as I can remember them, make sure you think about visiting during a break.

Kym Callaghan

Elliston District Council chairman