Thevenard marine facility work on track

This month’s column is about providing the community with updates on key council items.

Outside of normal business hours, the council’s phone number (8625 3407) utilises an after-hours call centre to channel all calls to the necessary staff.

The call centre will contact the rostered staff to action emergencies such as burst pipes on the Water West Scheme or council effluent schemes, dog attacks or dogs endangering people, fallen trees in public places, issues with public toilets, and more.

However, it will not be able to assist you if you are late for you flight.

Work is currently progressing on time with the Thevenard Marine Offloading Facility.

The breakwater is nearing completion and the sheet piling for the offloading areas is being hammered in – sorry about the noise.

In the coming weeks a dredging vessel will be mobilised to site to commence dredging operations, and we are pursuing all avenues of funding to try to cover the variations.

While the facility is being built, the Puckridge Boat Ramp is experiencing additional traffic due to the closure of the Slipway Boat Ramp.

To help reduce the congestion during the peak tourist season, council is waiving the requirement for a boat ramp permit to launch from the Fosters Boat Ramp.

The Ceduna swimming enclosure has had modifications to the shackling of the net and we are hoping to have a raft anchored in the middle soon, plus we are looking at a storage system for personal items and more hand rails on the floating steps.

Council will be hosting the official opening of the enclosure on Friday, March 15 at 11am, which includes a free sausage sizzle.

The council roads inspection day will be next Monday, while the elected members and executive staff general inspection day will be next Friday.

We have received requests, both written and phone, on issues to be inspected on these tours.

The Ceduna Crab Competition is on again, with a $2000 senior prize for the biggest crab and $1000 junior prize, plus there are weekly prizes and a mystery prize monthly for juniors.

From mention of the Eleni K anchor project in the last mayor’s message, I have received a $100 donation from Bob Skinner – his father was the skipper of the pilot launch at the time – thank you Bob.

PERRY WILL

Ceduna District Council mayor