Local members support Port Augusta Wharf preservation

UNSAFE: Sections of the Port Augusta Wharf have been sectioned off after an engineering assessment deemed the structure to be a major safety risk.
UNSAFE: Sections of the Port Augusta Wharf have been sectioned off after an engineering assessment deemed the structure to be a major safety risk.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and state Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan have had their say about the Port Augusta Wharf, with both pledging their support to help preserve the historic structure.

Earlier this week, the Port Augusta City Council was informed a full repair of the 149-year-old Wharf is estimated to cost $11 million.

Sections of the Wharf were fenced off earlier this month after an assessment from specialist marine engineering company Magryn Consulting deemed the structure to be a major safety risk.

Mr Ramsey said the Wharf is an iconic and essential part of Port Augusta's infrastructure that needs to be preserved.

“A lot of effort has gone into beautifying the area and the Wharf is part of the soul of the city," he said.

“The Wharf is Heritage-listed, it has played an important role in the town’s history and is too important to demolish.”

Mr Ramsey said he will be working together with Mayor Brett Benbow, Council and Mr van Holst Pellekaan to find the best solution.

“The Council is working through a response to this report and what will be required. They will seek firm costings which will not happen over night, but I am happy to look at a three-way solution between the Council, state and federal governments to restore the Wharf," he said.

“I have already spoken with state Member Dan van Holst Pellekaan and we will work together to bring about a positive result."

While frustrated by the maintenance of the Wharf, Mr van Holst Pellekaan also vowed to help save the Wharf.

"It's disappointing that Council can't fulfil the care and maintenance responsibility it willingly took on many years ago and we have already lost the old (Great Western) Bridge, (Eastside) T-Jetty and Westside Jetty," he said.

"The state government will work with Council and federal government to see how we can help Council to save the Wharf."