Special gates to allow those in wheelchairs to fish are some of the extra options being considered for Whyalla’s new jetty.
It is envisaged the gates would swing open from the handrail structure to allow easier access for those in wheelchairs to drop a line.
As well, modified windbreaks could be strategically positioned along the handrail structure to provide protection from the prevailing winds.
These extra features have come into consideration since the appointment of design consultants Magryn & Associates.
The company completed initial inspections, geotechnical investigation and surveys last month and remains on track to present its final preliminary designs and rough order costs by the March 2 deadline set by council.
The Magryn team will be preparing the preliminary designs for the jetty based on the preferred Option C design as presented and favoured during public consultation last year.
This will be followed by the calling of tenders in June or July with both council and Magryn confident of meeting the Christmas deadline for the completion of the structure.
Council will liaise with Magryn for the calling of tenders for the actual construction work and supply of materials.
Council’s manager of engineering services, Bart Servaas, emphasised the advantages of appointing a design consultant with the project under the control of council.
“We could have gone out and bought a jetty off the shelf and had it put in place by one company which may or may not have used local contractors and labour,” he said.
“Council is determined to keep as much of this work local and performed by local contractors.”
The demolition of the existing jetty is likely to happen in a joint operation with the early stages of building the new structure.
This joint timing will save considerable cost in avoiding the barge coming across to Whyalla twice. A new, more permanent, security fence has now been fitted.
It was welded onto the entrance of the existing jetty to prevent unauthorised access and make the area safer.