Trolleys in Spencer Gulf to be retrieved

SAFETY: About 500 shopping trolleys and other items will be retrieved from the water adjacent to the Port Augusta Wharf.
SAFETY: About 500 shopping trolleys and other items will be retrieved from the water adjacent to the Port Augusta Wharf.

‚ÄčThe crane lift of the 500 shopping trolleys submerged in the Spencer Gulf has been rescheduled to Friday, November 16.

The trolleys were scheduled to be lifted from the water on Wednesday, November 14, but the crane suffered a machinery breakdown before arriving on site.

Trolleys have been grouped at key lift points by divers and are ready to be craned to the surface and loaded onto trucks.

Port Augusta City Council, together with Woolworths, Big W and Coles, engaged a contractor to remove the trolleys and other items from the water adjacent to the Port Augusta Wharf.

A portion of the Wharflands Esplanade between Tassie Street and El Alamein Road is scheduled to be closed between 7am and 5pm on Friday, November 16.

Pedestrian access along the Wharf will also be restricted during the retrieval process.

An investigation undertaken by the Council in September found about 500 trolleys submerged in the Gulf, as well as other discarded items, presenting a safety hazard for swimmers.