Ceduna District Council has approved the last tender for the Ceduna Safe Swimming Enclosure project with materials expected to be in town by mid next month.
The council chose the successful application from two tenders for the third and final package of works, which involves installation of piles, stairs, platforms, gangways, gates and flotation of the enclosure.
The council’s administration and finance manager Ben Taylor said costs put forward was reflective of the specification for works to be completed by August 30.
He said the project was getting closer to starting, with steelwork to be in Ceduna by next week and the netting to arrive about a week after.
“All materials should be in situ in Ceduna by mid June,” he said.
Ceduna deputy mayor and Ceduna Safe Swimming Enclosure Committee member Lynton Brown said it was fantastic news to see the final work package agreed upon and that work was on track to be finished by the end of August.
Fellow committee member Ken McCarthy said he was also very happy and very relieved to see the final pieces of the puzzle were in place.
“It’s a credit to the council, committee, sponsors and the community for having faith in it and and seeing it through,” he said.
Mr McCarthy said he had been involved with the project since it started 17 years ago and throughout that time it had received great support.
He said thanks should go to the council, Iluka Resources, Kalari Transport, Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel, Indigenous Coordination Centre, Foodland, Thevenard IGA, Windscreens O’Brien, The Lodge, Crossways Lutheran School, Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, Ceduna Services Club, Charra Strawberry Fete and any other organisations that have contributed since the beginning.
With this final package of works the capital costs of the swimming enclosure project has been forecast at nearly $337,000.
With this forecast the council is projected to contribute nearly $47,000 and has received the Indigenous Coordination Centre’s contribution of $50,000.
Iluka Resources has contributed $60,000, invoiced by the council in April, and Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel will provide $40,000, yet to be invoiced.
The Ceduna Business and Tourism Association is holding on to contributions from the committee ($120,000) and Kalari Transport ($20,000).