Infrastructure upgrades in Elliston plan

At its most recent meeting on 26 June, the District Council of Elliston finalised its annual budget for the 2018-2019 financial year.

This financial year will see the fruition of two regionally significant projects, with the last segment of the Mount Wedge - Kyancutta Road resealing project slated for completion.

This joint project between the Elliston and Wudinna Councils was supported by road funding secured as a regional priority through the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association and all its member councils.

The telecommunications upgrade is also scheduled for completion this financial year and I hope to be able to make an announcement on that shortly.

The council’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading infrastructure continues this year with a real focus on economic development through upgrades to tourism infrastructure, complementing the Elliston Coastal Trail and our other tourism offerings.

Three of our most important tourism attractions, at Locks Well, Sheringa Beach and Talia Caves, will all receive upgrades to their staircases.

The public toilets at the Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre, Walkers Rock, Sheringa and Port Kenny are all also to be replaced.

The council is also investing in social infrastructure through its support of the Lock Bowling Club’s new synthetic green, and is continuing its support for the Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre.

The council will also pursue opportunities for cultural and community events despite Country Arts SA’s decision to send our arts officer position East.

The immediate effects of this will be evident during SALA in August, where Elliston is hosting several events for the first time in a while, and the Illuminart Port to Port project which will reflect some of the amazing maritime history around the port of Elliston.

Finally, on that little matter of rates, the average residential rate in the Elliston District Council is increasing from $1218 to $1228 (plus relevant utilities).

Kym Callaghan

Elliston District Council chairman