Residents in a stink over fish cleaning station

FISH CLEANING: The fish cleaning station near Fosters Boat Ramp at Ceduna needs to be relocated, but some residents are concerned about where it may be moved to. Photo: Luca Cetta
FISH CLEANING: The fish cleaning station near Fosters Boat Ramp at Ceduna needs to be relocated, but some residents are concerned about where it may be moved to. Photo: Luca Cetta

Residents on O'Loughlin Terrace at Ceduna have raised concerns with the Ceduna District Council's plan to move the foreshore fish cleaning station.

The fish cleaning station is currently located near the Fosters Boat Ramp, however the development of the $500,000 foreshore playground means it will have to be shifted to a new spot.

The council moved at its December 2020 meeting to remove the fish cleaning station and install a replacement south of the Fosters Boat Ramp toilets.

Attaching the fish cleaning station to the toilets would mean water is readily available for the facility.

It prompted a group of residents to write a letter to the council stating their objection to this decision.

Residents Peter and Judy Polkinghorne, Geoff and Allison Betts, and Clinton Wearne and Tammy Miller called it "completely unacceptable".

"For the excessive rates we currently pay in this area, we certainly do not want the bad odour of a fish cleaning station in front of our properties," the letter said.

They said there had been no community consultation and that the council should consider a "more practical" location.

In a report to the council at the December meeting, manager of infrastructure and engineering services Chris Wilson said the installation of the fish cleaning station was "not a short term project" that the council was pursuing.

Chief executive officer Geoff Moffatt added at this month's meeting that use of the fish cleaning station was not common and said while the council had to knock it down due to the playground construction, they were "not in a hurry to build a new facility".

He said as the council had planned on replacing the toilet block, subject to grant funding, it would not be happening soon.

Mr Moffatt said he would respond to the O'Loughlin Terrace residents in a letter, highlighting that point.