Victor Harbor pursues being a destination point for cruise ships

Tim Glazbrook is a councillor and member of the boating committee and has a vision for Victor Harbor.
Tim Glazbrook is a councillor and member of the boating committee and has a vision for Victor Harbor.

At its June council meeting City of Victor Harbor elected members endorsed a workshop to be held with elected members, Boating Advisory committee members, SA Tourism Commission and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to discuss the future direction of cruise ship infrastructure at Victor Harbor.

The meeting was held on July 2 and councillor Peter Charles said it was credit to chief executive Victoria MacKirdy organising all stakeholders to be in the one room. “We should find out once and for all whether this is worthwhile,” he said.

Boating Advisory committee member and councillor Tim Glazbrook said all parties received a lot of information at the workshop.

“We have a lot of work to do if we want to attract cruise ships to Victor Harbor. Cruise ships visit Kangaroo Island and if you see the infrastructure they have then you can see how much work there is to make this happen for Victor Harbor,” Cr Glazbrook said.

“It is still a possibility, but we must look at our options for infrastructure to support cruise ships visiting.”

The Boating Advisory committee have been investigating the possibility of cruise ships visiting Victor Harbor for some time. The committee had agreed the best options for a facility to accommodate cruise ships were the Workman’s Jetty and Screw Pile, however there was doubt the Screw Pile would be capable of catering to the cruise ship’s needs.

Ms MacKirdy confirmed to the committee that the state government was looking at supporting cruise ship infrastructure for tender boats and installing a jetty onto the Causeway. Another option to be explored is the Bluff Boat Ramp. 

Carnival Cruises indicated to the committee the Screw Pile Jetty  as a preference, but could also come in via the Causeway. It was suggested that a water depth survey and wave analysis would be be required. City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp has long been an advocate for cruise ships visiting Victor Harbor and the economic benefits they would bring.