Easier access to Wetlands

ENTRY POINT: The new slip lane into the Whyalla Wetlands.
ENTRY POINT: The new slip lane into the Whyalla Wetlands.

Whyalla Council has recently undertaken some capital works at the Jim Pollock Whyalla Wetlands to provide better and safer access to the facility.

A slip lane has been constructed to ensure motorists travelling east along the Lincoln Highway are able to safely pull out of the 80km/hr highway zone as they slow to turn left and enter the Wetlands.

The spaces in the centre median strip have been closed off as these bicycle access points were not compliant according to DPTI standards.

This modification to the centre median was required by DPTI through the design process and means that motorists are only able to enter and exit the Wetlands using the east-bound lane.

The carpark behind the café (Sumthin' Tastee) has been upgraded to a bitumised surface, an improvement on the previous gravel layout in terms of aesthetics and ease of amenity.

"This is a great example of Council identifying and responding to a need in our community and ensuring safe and compliant access to a popular area," said Acting CEO Kristen Clark.

"The popularity of the Whyalla Wetlands is testament to the ongoing work and development that Council has dedicated to this site.

"With a biking/walking path, nature playground including a flying fox, outdoor exercise equipment and the natural beauty and appeal of the area, the Wetlands has experienced a significant increase in visitors.

"With the establishment of the café, the number of people heading to the Wetlands has grown and Council has recognised this and taken appropriate action."

Council crews will now undertake minor landscaping works which will involve installing vegetation and spreading mulch.

Linemarking is still to be completed and motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey all signs in the area.