KI Council to cost Emu Bay boat ramp safety fixes

REMEMBER THIS: The original Emu Bay boat ramps before the upgrade works began. Photo: KI Council
REMEMBER THIS: The original Emu Bay boat ramps before the upgrade works began. Photo: KI Council

The KI Council at its October meeting discussed several boating issues, including the controversial Emu Bay boat ramp upgrade.

The council has received a number of complaints about the functionality of the new ramp.

CEO Greg Georgopoulos said a safety report by an independent marine engineer recommended a number of safety improvements be retrofitted to the new ramp structure at Emu Bay.

A report on the cost of these improvements would be prepared for the council at its next informal gathering, he said.

The report had not yet been released publicly because the contractor was still working on the structure and the contract had yet to be finalised. The contractor and the council together would decide whether the ramp was safe to open to the public, he said.

The contractor in the interim had decided to close the ramp and had installed rocks to block access. Mayor Michael Pengilly said the council just wanted the ramp to be opened before the busy boating season began. The council would then look at longer-term safety solutions such as a breakwater.

The council at Tuesday's meeting also voted against investigating lengthening the Emu Bay Jetty as suggested by the Boating Facilities Committee, until after the boat ramp issues had been remedied.

In other boating-related discussion, it came to light at the council meeting that the Rebuild Independence Group was looking at the feasibility of building a slipway at American River.

The group needs a slipway to launch its replica sailing ship when built and has already secured a launch and retrieval winch from Ceduna. RIG was offering to make any slipway available for other boaters.

Councillors were informed that the State Government was committed to dismantling the slipway at Kingscote.

Clr Sam Mumford again spoke about his fears of "an environmental disaster" if a large fishing vessel sprung a leak with the only options for a slipway being Port Lincoln or Adelaide.