Input for the SA Jetties Strategic Plan

To help inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan we want to gain a broad understanding of how jetties:

  • Contribute to the economy
  • Benefit the community
  • Are used by local communities, visitors and businesses

How do you use your jetty? Why is it important to you? Let us know by commenting below.

 

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Jonas Woolford

19 Oct 2019

This SA Govt centralised approach and discrimination of rural/coastal residents has gone on for too long. The negligence has to stop and investment must be made in these communities. It is more than votes. There is no access to many services and infrastructure that metropolitan residents take for granted. It is not fair nor is it equitable. Many reading this including those compiling the results of this survey have no appreciation of not having access because they have never gone without so it is hard to comprehend. The town jetty is its spine, its backbone, everything stems from it. It is the link from land to ocean, the link from visitors and community to the soul of the town. The jetty has cultural significance and presence. Make sure the jetty is maintained and enhanced then invest in health and wellbeing services, education opportunities, transport services and communication all of which are considered fundamental rights in metropolitan areas.

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John Sandercock

17 Oct 2019

I write as Deputy Chair of Ardrossan Progress Association, which owns & operates Ardrossan Caravan Park.
Our clientele is largely made up of recreational fishers and their families, who visit Ardrossan for the excellent fishing & crabbing.
The town jetty, which is within walking distance from the caravan park is the major attraction, and offers easy access to catch a fish or blue swimmer crab.
The jetty was handed back to the “Care & Control” local council many years ago, when the State Government abdicated responsibility – and has been largely ignored since then. It is now in desperate need of urgent maintenance.
In the Minister’s own words:
“Jetties are such an important piece of infrastructure for a local community, especially regional communities,”
“Jetties support recreational and commercial activities for locals, as well as attract tourists.
“It’s these activities and tourism benefits that provides an economic boost for regional communities”
Unless he is merely paying service, he already understands the important role our jetty plays.
In simple economic terms, without access to the Ardrossan jetty our local tourism industry would be decimated.
And, with no tourism industry, our local economy would be decimated.

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John Sandercock

17 Oct 2019

I notice that your standard response to the comments left here is "we encourage you to fill out the survey".
Just letting you know that I have completed the survey, however it took me four attempts to get it to work!!
I contacted DPTI by phone to highlight the issue - twice - transferred to 3 different people - no one knew anything about an online jetty survey, let alone how to fix it !!
I doubt many people would have persevered as long as I did.
If you want meaningful engagement, your technology has to work!
Also, there is very little opportunity within the survey to attempt to impart the vital role jetties play in the social & economic fabric of regional communities. I hope the comments being left on this discussion page also find their way into the formation of the Strategic Plan.

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Alison Speirs

15 Oct 2019

Port Neill jetty is very important to our small town. It is great socially for people of all ages (especially in tourist season), good fishing all year round, adds character and history to our town, great relaxation to sit and look at the water or go for walks on the beach from, jetty jumping off, teaching young kids to fish off, great to snorkel around in Summer and see the different kinds of fish that hang around beneath it, good for kayaking around and vacswim use it for teaching swim lessons from in Summer too. How many reasons do you need? It is a very important part of life in Port Neill <3

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DPTI Community Relations > Alison Speirs

16 Oct 2019

Hi Alison,
Thank you for your comments. We encourage you to fill in the survey to help us better understand how the community use and value the State’s jetties. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Ros McRae

15 Oct 2019

I have lived in Pt Augusta all my life The wharf and the jetties have been an integral part of everyone’s life living here To see them boarded up as unsafe is an indictment on the government and local council
To see other communities receiving funding to repair or replace their infrastructure is disappointing to say the least and infuriating at most
Children have little to do in Port Augusta except being outdoors and at the beach and fishing off the jetty
Tourists are attracted to the water and facilities as well
Please include Port Augusta in your deliberations
Ros McRae

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DPTI Community Relations > Ros McRae

16 Oct 2019

Hi Ros,
Thank you for your comments. We encourage you to fill in the survey to help us better understand how the community use and value the State’s jetties. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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James Green

10 Oct 2019

Commercial fisherman. Jetty not meeting our needs now let alone the future. Dialogue for a long term strategy is needed with the commercial industry now before any plans are made. Each jetty in sa waters has individual needs in all different situations dont think a one design fits all is going to work. Jetties are a so yesterday idea.

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DPTI Community Relations > James Green

16 Oct 2019

Hi James,
Thank you for your comments. We encourage you to fill in the survey to help us better understand how the community use and value the State’s jetties. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Allan Taylor

10 Oct 2019

SA COASTAL SHIPPING
How short sighted can you get? Coastal shipping and its potential for tourism is moribund and going nowhere at present. SA is not using Kangaroo Island to anywhere near its tourism potential. It is a dead end and it doesn’t have to be. To get by road from Adelaide to Port Lincoln requires a tedious journey of over 1000 kms up north to Port Augusta and south down the Eyre Peninsula to Port Lincoln. Dear me, surely we can use Kangaroo Island to bridge the gap, using suitable vessels. It’s been done elsewhere in the World successfully.
Take a look at the efficient transport service in Chile in its Los Lagos Region. Here we have Chloe or “El Grande Isla de Chiloe”, to give its full name, and it is very comparable to Kangaroo Island in that it protects the mainland from the wild weather of the “Pacific” Ocean. Chiloe is 190 km long and averages about 50 kms wide, with a population of 155,000, with three major towns of Castro, Ancud and Quellon, all fishing ports. The main industry is salmon farming, and shellfish, seaweed, dairy farms and tourism. What is important is that the Chileans use the island as a major road link to the south because the mainland is mountainous with fijords thus presenting obstacles. The island has a regular service of “transbordadors”, or SMALL car ferries which regularly ply between the mainland and Ancud in the north and between Quellon and the mainland in the south, at Puerto Chacabuco and Chaiten. There are also regular bigger tourist ships calling in at Castro. The transport system works very efficiently and economically. It makes South Australia look backward, by comparison.
What I am suggesting is that the transport link should be constructed from Port Lincoln to Kangaroo Island and thence to the mainland at Victor Harbor, and vice versa. You need a small car ferry, like the Chilean transbordadors, also some fast catamarans for the tourists. They don’t want to go all way up to Port Augusta to get around this large indentation of the coastline. So take a holiday in Chile and see how they do things over there. You’ll be surprised. Regards from Allano

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Allan Taylor

10 Oct 2019

I refer to the Glenelg jetty and others in the State that could be used as shipping links. I outlined recently on a Facebook post what should be done to revive our coastal tourism which is almost defunct. I repost this information here:
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COASTAL TOURISM
One of the most neglected aspects of SA tourism is the attractiveness of its varied coastal features in the Spencer Gulf and the Gulf of St Vincent which are to some extent protected from wild weather by the elongated Kangaroo Island. True we have a large car ferry that connects Kingscote on Kangaroo Island to the adjacent mainland. It is said to be expensive. Also there is, or was, a similar type car ferry operating across Spencer Gulf, between Wallaroo to Lucky Bay, near Cowell. This route for motorists saved about 500 kms by cutting short the long journey to Port Augusta for Adelaide motorists going to Port Lincoln, and vice versa.
What I am saying about SA coastal shipping is that it is moribund, and actually going backwards if all that is left is the big Kangaroo Island ferry. We can do better than that surely? Why has this coastal tourism stagnated and going nowhere? The answer is that you are unaware of the potential that exist here with coastal shipping. Your mind is stuck in concrete with a “do nothing” attitude. What is required is a more flexible approach with a better range in size and type of vessel to ply this coastal region. A good place to see what works in other countries is go to the southern part of South America, along the fiordland coast of Chile, and Tierra del Fuego, and in the Chilean and Argentine Lake Districts……here you will find nautical tourism at its best.
Admittedly, we don’t have the fine mountain scenery of South America, but SA has a multitude of other attractions, like sunshine, fine wines, whale watching, fishing villages, fish cookery, unique animals and forests, spectacular beaches and landscapes, surfing, and village crafts including opals and jade sales. It’s all there just waiting development for the tourist. We must become the clever country again and stop going backwards economically.
What is need is a better range in size of passenger and car/bus/truck carrying vessels, also fast catamaran and hydrofoil passenger vessels……our local entrepreneurs should take a holiday in South America and see how they have got nautical tourism down to a fine art. You don’t need elaborate and expensive boat terminals to do this. A simple wharf or concrete ramp is often adequate. My foto shows a bus being driven down a concrete ramp to load onto a small car ferry (called a transbordador) with its stern door down. It takes only minutes to load up with a bus and few cars to cross the Strait of Magellan at its narrowest point of 6 kms at Pta Delgada on Tierra del Fuego.
Locally, what is need is a round trip linkage between Adelaide (at Glenelg) to Port Lincoln, then to Kangaroo Island and back to Adelaide, and vice versa. Get this route established with maybe a hydrofoil or catamaran type passenger vessel and small car ferry. Later other ports of call in the region, such as Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsula, could be investigated.
Bon voyage, Allano

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DPTI Community Relations > Allan Taylor

10 Oct 2019

Hi Allan,
Thank you for your comments. We encourage you to fill in the survey to help us better understand how the community use and value the State’s jetties. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Susan Dixon

08 Oct 2019

As President of Port Elliot Town and Foreshore Improvement Association I am passing on the opinions of our group of residents. This historic Jetty is used by local and tourist fishermen. It is a viewing platform for marine life and people using the ocean. Alexandrina Council have 3 surf Lifesaving clubs, Goolwa wharf and this Jetty to maintain from a smaller population base than Adelaide. The top of the Jetty has been improved but it is the steps from the water which require fixing. There are 3 missing and hundreds of children as well as people with disabilities use these as safely access. Surf lifesavers and our group have been concerned for a couple of years but are still awaiting funding for an engineers report according to Council. In the meantime children balance on splintery stumps.

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DPTI Community Relations > Susan Dixon

08 Oct 2019

Hi Susan,
Thank you for your comments. We have passed on your concern regarding the Port Elliot Jetty.
We encourage you to fill in the survey to help us better understand how the community use and value the State’s jetties. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Mark Thomas

07 Oct 2019

There seems to be no mention in the plan of the ecological and environmental importance of jetties. Jetties provide habitat for unique assemblages of marine life. If you take away a jetty you take away an oasis.
Take a tour beneath the Port Lincoln jetty with 3 marine scientists to see what I mean:
https://tinyurl.com/y6lt2fee

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DPTI Community Relations > Mark Thomas

08 Oct 2019

Hi Mark,
Thank you for your comments. We encourage you to fill in the survey to help us better understand how the community use and value the State’s jetties. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Jeanette Noble

05 Oct 2019

Over the past decade Port Augusta has lost most of their major industries and because we are the cross roads north, south, east and west we are the gateway to everywhere. We need to capitalise on the through traffic and maintain tourism, much of which revolves around our beaches and waterways. At the moment all of our jetties and the wharf have either been demolished, have restricted access due to safety reasons - hence no reason to stay or loiter at the beach. There is no where that tourists can fish from a jetty or beach platform. It grates us that Whyalla and Port Germein both have significant injections of cash to restore or rebuild their jetties when Port Augusta once again seems to miss out. Our geographic location and the through traffic make this town the ideal place to restore the west side jetty, the wharf and the old bridge. We used to have a wharf festival that included business utilising the wharf area, now that event is minimised because the wharf is blocked off. Tourists using the Big W car park would stay a while and use the wharf as a recreation facility. As a born and bred Port Augusta person the beach, jetties and foreshore were a key component of our lifestyles given our long balmy summers. Port Augusta needs to retain/restore our heritage that includes jetties, wharfs and water platforms and there needs to be significant investment into a beautiful town that can once again become the vibrant place it used to be. Tourism is our future, so come on invest in the infrastructure we need to attract and retain those individuals, groups and others that pass through us to go everywhere.

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DPTI Community Relations > Jeanette Noble

08 Oct 2019

Hi Jeanette,
Thank you for your comments. We encourage you to fill in the survey to help us better understand how the community use and value the State’s jetties. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Steve Barber

04 Oct 2019

I have filled out separate surveys for multiple Jetties I visit. I found this survey very basic and interesting did not include questions directly regarding to one of the key aims of your plans to assess economic benefits. As so I have provided approx average spend in local economy for each visit to a jetty for last question.
Visiting jetty’s for me and my family is extremely important and I am a avid Scuba Diver. Each year we spend thousands of dollars in the local (many regional) community’s which have these unique destinations. Without these jetty’s and the wildlife that surrounds them, quite frankly there would be very little reason for us to visit these regions and spend money there instead we would probably travel overseas instead!
I believe that the economic benefits of many SA jetty’s is totally underestimated and underdeveloped.
Rapid Bay jetty is a prime example of this. Thousands of Scuba divers and recreation fishers travel to this site each year, many from half way around the world just to sea a leafy sea dragon. If a proper economic survey of visitors was conducted for this jetty alone I would not be surprised if not millions of dollars was being injected into the local Fleurieu Peninsula economy. I’m sure enough to upgrade the local toilets and bituminise the car park?

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DPTI Community Relations > Steve Barber

08 Oct 2019

Hi Steve,
Thank you for your comments and taking the time to fill in the survey for the jetties that you use. At this stage of the project we are capturing community feedback in order to understand the importance of the State’s jetties to the community. The outcomes of the survey will be one of the many ways we will be capturing information to inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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John Fernandez

03 Oct 2019

Kangaroo Island Council lease the Emu Bay Jetty from SA Govt until 2028- and this structure is becoming at risk due to tidal sand movement- at low tide one can actually walk around the end of the structure.
All Kangaroo Island Jetties are part of the social, tourism, commercial and freight needs in one way or another. It is noted that DPTI withdrew the services of a resident harbourmaster some years ago- and many of the structural items on the jetties are deteriorating significantly. Most of these are still classified as operating structures, yet maintenance is minimal and risk based only.
The Penneshaw Jetty is a key piece of infrastructre that provedes access to and from KI for all rubber tyred transport and freight movements. Some of the jetty piles are worn to less than 15% of their original size, and are at risk of breakage. The concrete anchor block that Sealink tie up to is seriously undermined and needing urgent repair.
The Kingscote screw pile jetty is in reasonable condition and is used regurlarly by the commerical crayfish fleet vessels.
The smaller' fisherman jetty' has deterorating components and requires regular checks on loose timber and rails.This structure is used by tourists and locals alike seeking a fishuing experience at low cost and reduced travel.
The American River Wharf and jetty landing are in reasonable condition, and this site is calssisfied as an operational wharf- the new KI Connect vessel uses this facility daily.
The Vivonne Bay Jetty was rehabilitated 4 years ago and is in good workable condition- this is critical to the local Crayfishing fleet and their needs as they catch and export product and need to do so in a timely manner to maintain product quality.
DPTI do not have a resident Harbourmaster on Kangaroo Island, and rely on website/email advice on any defects/unsafe items/damage/repairs required. Many members of the public do not know how to easily report dangerous items, and use the KI Council staff and time to advise of concerns. The wharves and jetties lack adequate sigange advising how to report issues.

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DPTI Community Relations > John Fernandez

03 Oct 2019

Hi John,
Thank you for your comments. We are capturing community feedback in order to understand the importance of the State’s jetties to the community. I have passed on your concerns to the project team.
The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Robin Sharp

02 Oct 2019

Being the owner of Top O The Gulf Marine, Port Augusta, for 27 years I can recall back when we started out there where numerous places we could suggest to tourists to go fishing and swimming here at Port Augusta. In my life time I have witnessed around a dozen sites here at Port Augusta which have been closed off to public access. These are land based access points to the Upper Spencer Gulf. We get asked 6-10 times a day where can I throw a line and and catch a fish at Port Augusta.
Sadly both Jetties, the Wharf, and the old bridge are now closed or removed due to safety reasons. These were the obvious ones.
I have seen dozens of people just drive out of Port Augusta heading to the likes of the Port Germein Jetty, being the closest land based access.
This is clearly a financial loss to Port Augusta as these tourists have decided not to stay an extra night or two here. How does it benefit the Community? To get kids away from Smart Phones, IPads and TV is now one of the challenges facing parents and the general community these days. We have to offer them some alternatives. A number of swimming or fishing platforms is clearly a great way to get them out of the house and doing something active. It's no good talking about it and posting pretty images on Facebook telling people to do these things if we continue to place too many restrictions on them. Of course they will just stay home a continue what they are doing, nothing.
Come on State Government and Local Government lets just do this, don't turn it into a strategic plan to be mothballed once it all gets too hard. I look forward to the day when my Grand Kids can go swimming or fishing from a Jetty or platform here at Port Augusta again.

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DPTI Community Relations > Robin Sharp

02 Oct 2019

Hi Robin,
Thank you for your comments. I have passed them on to the project team.
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Chris Martin

01 Oct 2019

What is the budget for this improvement? Does the budget include 20+years of maintenance? Which sites are targeted in the scope/ idea?

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DPTI Community Relations > Chris Martin

02 Oct 2019

Hi Chris,
Thank you for your questions. At this early stage of the project we are capturing community feedback in order to understand the importance of the State’s jetties to the community. The outcomes of the survey will inform the development of the SA Jetties Strategic Plan.
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Kym Edwards

30 Sep 2019

Jetties type structures are important for locals leisure time activities and also help encourage tourism in small beachside communities. However they are legacy infrastructure which were designed for a specific purpose i.e. early costal shipping trade and were not specifically built for modern leisure activities. Now because of their design, size and age jetties are extremely costly to maintain and are becoming financially unsustainable for local councils. I personally think that beachside communities need to look at jetties with fresh eyes and perhaps determine what type of modern infrastructure is really needed to provide the functionality that the current jetties provide. Perhaps the tired old structures really need to go and a more modern, financially sustainable and purpose specific structure needs to be built to replace them. This then would provide a better ‘fit for purpose’ amenity that communities really need and something that councils can afford to maintain into the future. Would be a great infrastructure project for the state and provide economic benefit to local communities.

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DPTI Community Relations > Kym Edwards

02 Oct 2019

Hi Kym,
Thank you for your comments.
I have passed them on to the project team.
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Sally Passehl

30 Sep 2019

I have tried to complete the SA Jetties strategic plan survey but the questionnaire won’t let me progress past Question 11😡 I am very concerned about the constant disruption to my regular Scuba Diving Activities and shocking safety issues at our local Jetties due to ongoing disrepair particularly Port Noarlunga and EDITHBURGH and now Rapid Bay Jetty platform has sunk to the ocean floor😱 Please can something be done🙏🏼 myself and many friends dive these Jetties regularly all year round and the marine biodiversity is unique and fascinating and a wonderful natural resource for many interstate and overseas visitors to observe and improve knowledge and real-time connections to foster ocean preservation 🙏🏼 I implore the councils to please assist with fundraising activities if necessary so we can all enjoy improved safety and facilities at these sights🙏🏼

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DPTI Community Relations > Sally Passehl

02 Oct 2019

Hi Sally,
Thank you for your comment. I have passed on your concerns regarding disruptions to your scuba diving to the project team.
Regarding the survey we are aware of the issue some users are encountering. We are working to fix it and will contact you here once it is resolved.
Regards,

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DPTI Community Relations > Sally Passehl

03 Oct 2019

Hi Sally,
We have worked on the survey and it is now working correctly. It works best in Chrome, Firefox and Safari. If using an iPhone please ensure your software is up to date.
Regards,

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