A $20 million commitment to the Granite Island Causeway should finally fix the crumbling tourist attraction.
The State Government has pledged to find a permanent solution to the landmark in the 2019-20 State Budget.
The 150 year-old causeway, which provides access to Granite Island from the mainland by vehicles and a horse-drawn carriage, has been in need of major repairs for some time now.
The carriage service was stopped recently because of safety concerns.
Premier Steven Marshall says temporary repairs to the causeway should allow the service to be restored later this year while the new funding will come up with a permanent solution.
“The Granite Island Causeway has been in desperate need of repairs and an upgrade for many years.
“It’s been a key piece of tourism infrastructure in our state for more than 150 years and along with the historic horse-drawn tram it’s the jewel in the Fleurieu peninsula’s tourism crown.
Premier Marshall said his team have been working constructively with City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins and local Member David Basham on solutions to preserve the history of the Causeway and the horse tram service.
Member for Finniss David Basham said the investment would help secure the long-term future of tourism in the Victor Harbor area and on Granite Island.
“The local community will welcome this funding injection which secures the future of the Granite Island Causeway with open arms,” said Mr Basham.
“So many local businesses rely on tourism dollars to make their livelihoods, support their families and create local jobs.
“Securing the future of the Granite Island Causeway goes a long way to securing the future of the tourism industry in the region which is so important to our local economy.”
A study is also underway to determine the optimum solution - once that is done, and the community has been consulted, a permanent fix will likely take two years to complete.
Record Spend on Infrastructure in Budget
The decision to invest in the Causeway formed part of the State Government's record $1.1 billion regional roads and infrastructure spend in the budget.
This includes a record $878 million of new funding.
A huge portion, $92 million, has been dedicated to duplicating Victor Harbor Road between Main South Road and McLaren Vale
It is the single biggest injection of new funding in a State Budget for regional roads in South Australia’s history.
The Racing Industry to Benefit in Budget Too
The Marshall Government has committed a stimulus package for the South Australian racing industry in the upcoming budget in a bid to protect local jobs and create competition in the sector.
The $24 million package includes money for reforms and infrastructure for Racing SA, Greyhound Racing SA and Harness Racing SA.