Media statement – Port Noarlunga jetty stairs
Published on 02 September 2019
Comments attributed to a council spokesperson.
In March this year council awarded a contract for the design, manufacture and installation of new stairs at the seaward end of the Port Noarlunga jetty, which is owned by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
The City of Onkaparinga maintains the jetty under a lease agreement with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
The contractor has manufactured the new stairs and they are ready for installation, but a week of calm weather is required for installation.
The contractor has to use a floating barge to drive piles into the sea bed. This requires very calm conditions so that the piles can be driven accurately. Failure to drive the piles accurately would mean the stairs cannot be mounted to the piles and would cause further delays.
The contractor is monitoring the weather forecasts closely, and will have the new stairs installed as soon as the weather allows.
Council is currently seeking advice from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure as the jetty owners to determine whether Interim safety measures, such as buoyancy devices or life saving rings, can be installed at Port Noarlunga jetty.
We will hold further discussions with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to determine a longer term solution to ensure the safety of the public.