Flinders Power immortalised at Rotary Park

HISTORY: An aerial view of the former Augusta Power Stations. Photo: Flinders Power.
HISTORY: An aerial view of the former Augusta Power Stations. Photo: Flinders Power.

A community tribute immortalising Port Augusta's coal fired era has been approved for Rotary Park.

The tribute, funded by Flinders Power, will include a picnic shelter, tables, seating and a barbecue area.

Informational panels will also be installed summarising operations at the former Northern Power Station, the Playford Power Stations and the Leigh Creek Mine and Railway.

Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow said the tribute will recognise the significant history of Flinders Power in Port Augusta.

" ... it's a prominent icon of our town. It provided up to 800 jobs at any one time," Mr Benbow said.

"It's important that we recognise what this business did provide for our city and our community for many years. We have got a lot of families based here who are still living here because of that business.

"It's a tribute to the people who ran that business and supplied power to not only Port Augusta, but right around South Australia over the years."

A Community Reference Group originally suggested a number of locations for the tribute including the Arid Lands, Braddock Park and the Eastside Foreshore.

Flinders Power expressed a preference for the Eastside Foreshore location, however Port Augusta City Council determined furniture at Rotary Park is closer to requiring replacement.

Moving the location to Rotary Park also allows for a line of site to the former power station from across the Gulf.

"There are already seating and barbecue components on the east side," Mr Benbow said.

"It's a win, win for the community where it's going and it will entice people to go over to that area more if they don't already."

Flinders Power Chief Executive Officer Peter Georgaris said the tribute is important for former workers and the community as a whole.

The area will be paved using constructed bricks from the original Power Station Stack.

"As preparations are made for a new future, Flinders Power intends to recognise the proud history of the Augusta Power Station sites, which provided a safe and stable electricity supply for South Australia across 65 years," he said.

"We believe that such a tribute would be an important place for former workers to take their families, and an opportunity for newcomers and tourists to better understand the industrial history of the Upper Spencer Gulf."