Kingston District Council, South East, South Australia

Kingston & Cape Jaffa Boat Ramp Facility Update

15 October 2018

The following is a Kingston District Council update on Cape Jaffa and Maria Creek boat launching facilities:

Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina
Council’s dredge is now working outside of the Cape Jaffa Marina main entrance and will head northward for about 30m to 40m, dredging to about 3m (at a 0.3 tide we are achieving depths of more than 2m).  Shortly, the dredge will move back into the Marina and position itself near Tonkin’s Knob.  From here it will commence a second sweep of the main channel.  Progress has been much slower than expected due to the significant amount of material present.  It is anticipated that at least a couple more weeks will be required before the Marina will be open. The facility currently remains closed.

Maria Creek Boat Launching Facility
Excavators have commenced work at Maria Creek Recreational Boat Launching facility.  Work has begun on the southern side of the groyne removing seagrass and sand to create a buffer that will help prevent material from entering the channel.  Once a suitable buffer is achieved, work will begin inside the channel.  Excavation work is expected to take many weeks to complete. 

Once excavators have done all they can an assessment of depth within and outside the channel will be conducted to determine dredging requirements.  If dredging is required, Council’s dredge will be mobilised to Maria Creek. The facility currently remains closed.

Beach Launching Access
Due to boat ramp closures at Cape Jaffa and Kingston, Council has dozered access points at Thredgolds, Johnson Avenue, Pinks Beach and Cape Jaffa to improve beach access for recreational fishers. 

Please be assured that Council is doing all it can to reopen all facilities ASAP.  Council thanks you for your patience.

 

2 October 2018

The following is a Kingston District Council update on Cape Jaffa, Maria Creek and Wyomi Beach projects:

Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina
Council's dredge is making good progress at the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina.  At the end of this week the dredge is expected to turn around and head back into the Marina to complete a final sweep of the main channel.  It is anticipated that the Marina will be re-opened in 2 to 3 weeks.  The facility remains closed at this time.

Wyomi Beach Rock Seawall
Work will be significantly increased at Wyomi Beach from tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd October).  The aim is to complete all rock placement by the end of this week with the staircase installation to occur shortly after. Once all work is completed Council will clean up the area and re-open the road.

Maria Creek Boat Launching Facility
On Monday (8th October) work will commence at Maria Creek to re-open the Recreational Boat Launching facility.  Work will begin on the southern side of the groyne removing seagrass to create a buffer that will help prevent material from entering the channel.  Once a suitable buffer is achieved, work will immediately begin inside the channel to excavate seagrass.  Excavation work is expected to take a number of weeks to complete.  Once excavators have done all they can an assessment of depth within and outside the channel will be conducted to determine dredging requirements.  If dredging is required, Council’s dredge will be mobilised to Maria Creek. The facility will remain closed at this time.

Beach Launching Access
Due to boat ramp closures at Cape Jaffa and Kingston, access points at Tredgolds, Johnson Avenue, Pinks Beach and Cape Jaffa have been improved to assist recreational fishers with beach launching.  Recreational Fishers are asked to contact the Council Office if access points need additional work.

Council sincerely thanks you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support.

 

 27 September 2018

The following is a Kingston District Council update on Cape Jaffa and Maria Creek boat launching facilities:-

Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina
Council commenced dredging at the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina a number of weeks ago.  Despite a slow start, positive progress is now being achieved with sand and seagrass movement around the western breakwater now under control and dredging of the entrance channel well underway.   Unfortunately due to the enormous amount of sand and seagrass build up, a few more weeks is required before the Marina will be open to recreational fishers.  The facility will remain closed at this time.

Maria Creek Boat Launching Facility
Within the next week or so you will see excavators commence work in Kingston to re-open the Maria Creek Recreational Boat Launching facility.  Work will begin on the southern side of the groyne removing seagrass and sand to create a buffer that will help prevent seagrass and sand from entering the channel.  Once a suitable buffer is achieved, work will begin inside the channel to excavate seagrass and sand.  Excavation work is expected to take many weeks to complete.  Once excavators have done all they can an assessment of depth within and outside the channel will be conducted to determine dredging requirements.  If dredging is required, Council’s dredge will be mobilised to Maria Creek. The facility will remain closed at this time.

Beach Launching Access
Due to boat ramp closures at Cape Jaffa and Kingston, Council will dozer access points at Tredgolds, Johnson Avenue, Pinks Beach and Cape Jaffa to ensure beach access to recreational fishers.  This work will be conducted today in preparation for this long weekend.

Council acknowledges that boat launching restrictions have been in place for a long period of time, which has caused frustration and disappointment to our recreational fishers.  Please be assured that Council is doing all it can to reopen all facilities ASAP.

Council sincerely thanks you for your patience.

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