Damaged boat ramp pylons need replacing

It has been a busy time in the Streaky Bay District Council, firstly after the council agreed to funding in the budget and a subsequent grant to fix and upgrade sections of the Moores Boat Ramp a site visit was undertaken.

During this site visit and an inspection for design assessment it was found that both pontoons needed replacing as well as the pylons as the underwater inspections showed other support structure damage.

Emergency works were immediately undertaken to make it safe, and designs and quotations have been commissioned to replace both pontoons. Please adhere to any future safety and works bunting and sorry for any inconvenience.

After successfully gaining telecommunications funding at Baird Bay there was a meeting to ascertain where the new tower would be built. Discussions about the initial size and location of the tower prior to confirmation of the successful bid led to some confusion on its range, size and position.

After much advocacy work at state and federal level, federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey met with Telstra and the relevant ministers in an effort to assist with the delivery of the correct tower.

A 20-metre tower will now be installed on the eastern side of the township with a larger capacity. The permit is now out for public consultation.

This does not preclude the council from applying for another or larger tower in the future and we will pursue all relevant grants as they arise.

Lastly, I congratulate all award winners at the recent SA oyster annual AGM and dinner. Special congratulations to the Evans Oysters team for winning 'Best commercial dozen 2019'.

It has been a tough slog for the crews on the water over recent years and this is a credit to all those whom have seen it through these times.

TRAVIS BARBER

Streaky Bay District Council mayor