As the boating industry in Port Augusta continues to grow it has out
grown the existing infrastructure & is in need of better facilities as commercial cruises now depart
daily. The foreshore has been allowed to degenerate to an unacceptable level. Please see below for
current pictures of the Westside Foreshore & boat ramp.
Is this a good face for Port
An overall approach needs to be considered as there are 4 main groups
that utilise boating facilities in Port Augusta, being power trailer boats, large power boats, yachts &
commercial. The current proposal on display at the council offices provides the best overall option for all
This position takes advantage of the natural harbor that is best suited for
this model & allows for expansion.
This puts all boating facilities needed within easy access i.e. launch,
carparking, fuel, mechanic, marine shop, food & beverage supplies. Mooring boats in the proposed area would be a lot more secure & less
prone to vandalism which is a major concern priority for mooring.
This model would be a win for all as it
Provides additional berthing for yachts.
Upgraded launch facilities & maintenance areas
Maintains visual heritage of the wharf
Creates additional visual aesthetics from highway
Existing swing moorings retained
Excellent ramp & tourist facilities
Dedicated maintenance area for yachts
Departure point for all commercial vessels close to CBD
Dedicated short term mooring facilities adjacent boat ramp
Dedicated safe commercial mooring facilities for <20m
Commercial facilities for all commercial vessels 3-50m
Negligible environmental impact. As an eco accredited cruise
operator this is very important. The use of a natural harbor does not need to disturb the mangroves or
intertidal flats that essentially feed the gulf.
The pictures provided are draft layouts only showing general layout final
details will differ. With planning it can be a staged development as to not put the project into the to hard
basket as this infrastructure is needed now.
If this model was followed Port Augusta would have a cost effective,
upgradable facilities that meets existing & future needs on an international scale
4 years ago people laughed if you suggested cruising in Port Augusta, it has
been persistence, passion from operators that have built an industry with virtually no commercial
infrastructure giving credibility to further expansion. It cannot be stressed enough that Port Augusta is a
unique market & the input from existing operators should be taken note of with great
Site locations of boating facilities
in Port Augusta
· No swimming
· Car parking
· Access for maintenance
· All weather usability
· Power & water
· Sullage & fuel
4 main options
1. Existing wharf
2. North of bridges
4. West of Westside
Each of these sites has different issues but one does not have any known negative issues.
Existing wharf area
· Heritage issues
· Protrudes into main channel
· One proposal has already
received considerable public opposition
North of bridges
· Restricted access due to
· No known negative heritage,
environmental or community issues.
· Achieves more objectives for
far less capital.
· Greatest potential for return
on investment through greater economic impact throughout the community.
· By having berthing in a more
visible area closer to the bridge it will be more easily policed.
· Enhances visual aspect from
West of Westside jetty
· Canal style marina would be
massively expensive combined environmental issues.
· Would need a massive area for
turning basin for 20m plus vessels.
· Walkway through mangroves to
water would be massively expensive
· Lose existing swing moorings
local yachties will not want to lose swing moorings
· Require major works including
dredging & wind breaks leading to environmental issues.
· The area is subject to
increased wave height as its open to the south
· Councils investment will need
to be greater due to increased access road works car parking etc
· Both of these options for this
position would take at least 5 years to establish
· Does not address trailer boat
Carpenters Landing provides the best location to address the widest range of
facilities with the least negative impact & most cost effective.