Streaky Bay boat ramp tender awarded to local builder

UPGRADE: Streaky Bay mayor Travis Barber at the Moores Boat Ramp.
UPGRADE: Streaky Bay mayor Travis Barber at the Moores Boat Ramp.

A tender has been awarded for upgrade work at Streaky Bay's Moores Boat Ramp.

The Streaky Bay District Council announced this week it had awarded the contract to local builder Tony Braz of Thirsty Construction for the $900,000 upgrade project.

The council said the tender process had a focus on local jobs and materials purchase, with the project proving an estimated 92 per cent local purchasing focus.

The installation of the pylons from an Adelaide-based company is the only non-local content involved in the upgrade.

A portion of the project had already been completed by an alternate provider during the 2019-20 financial year.

The council's infrastructure and civil works manager Darren Walker said working with Thirsty Construction had "so far been great".

"Tony has provided valuable feedback, recommendations and design innovation that may possibly lead to cost savings, whilst still providing the community with a high standard, high value structure," he said.

Moores Boat Ramp will remain operational throughout the project, which has an estimated eight-week construction period that is weather and tide dependent.

The boat ramp is a key economic driver for the Streaky Bay district and provides access for local oyster growers, professional fishers and the tourism industry, which all play a vital role in the local economy.

Mayor Travis Barber, a longtime professional fisher, said the council was "absolutely stoked" to award the contract to a local builder.

"The current condition of the ramp has been a concern for councillors for some time, and the concept Darren and Tony have been working on is a great fit for us," he said.

"Extensive consultation with boat ramp users has further enabled us to ensure access during construction."

The project has also received funding from the federal government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Funding and South Australian Boating Facilities Fund.

A contract commencement event with invited dignitaries and interested parties is planned for September 29.