Whyalla City Council has pledged to develop a new jetty at the foreshore.
At its latest meeting, the council resolved to commit up to $2.4 million on the project during several years.
The council has allocated $1.1 million for the jetty development in its proposed 2017-18 budget and will seek extra funding from state government grants.
The development will allow for design options to be explored, including increasing the width of the jetty, extending the length, adding a wider end and the installation of seats and shelters.
The council will undertake extensive community engagement and consultation with stakeholders and user groups when considering the final design.
Community engagement will include stakeholder meetings, a survey of user groups and the general community, engagement with the Environmental Protection Authority and coastal protection as part of the approval process and feedback sessions for respondents.
Council staff will soon begin the procurement process to engage a consultant to undertaken community and stakeholder consultation, engagement, and design works.
Mayor Lyn Breuer said the council was committed to the importance of recreational activity in the city.
“The council recognises the cultural importance of the city’s jetty and we are committed to ensuring a jetty is reinstated at the foreshore,” she said.
“The council is excited by the possibility of a new and improved jetty and will extensively consider design options for the new facility.”
A construction time of between nine and 12 months has been estimated for the development of the new jetty.
Concerns were raised by a resident about the condition of the existing jetty.