When was the last time $20 million has been spent on the Fleureiu Peninsula and given by a State Government?
The Causeway will finally get the upgrade it deserves after years of disrepair. So much disrepair that vehicles, including the iconic Horse Drawn Tram have been banished from using it. The load has been deemed to be too great with the possibility of a serious accident occurring.
How the money will be spent is unknown and how much will be done is up in the air, but one thing for sure is the Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall came to Victor Harbor to make the announcement and guaranteed the long term future of the Causeway.
It is not often a Premier comes to the Fleurieu Peninsula either and it is fast becoming evident that we are on their radar.
Full credit to our local Member for Finniss David Basham, who has lived up to his pre-election promises and is making the government aware of our existence and providing funds for the region.
Mr Basham's comparison that the Causeway is our Sydney Opera House is significant and shows how patriotic he is to his electorate and proves he is a Member who has deep feelings and a heritage for the people and place he represents.
Whatever does happen to the Causeway, it will be done in the next two years according to the Premier, so the consultation process will have to start as soon as possible.
One doubts $20 million will be able to buy a new Causeway, which is the wish of the City of Victor Harbor council, but who knows? Anything is possible when you have a government on board, working closely with a council and its local Member.
City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins (pictured on the Causeway with David Basham and the Premier) handled the media scrum with aplomb and emphasised the importance of the Causeway and what it means to the local economy.
"This investment and confidence shown by the State Government sends a message to business in South Australia and Australia, that Victor Harbor is open for business," she said.
Growing up in Victor Harbor, you have a deep appreciation of the Causeway and Granite Island and over the years millions of visitors have had that same appreciation and memories. It means so much to Victor Harbor that our Causeway has a guarantee for another 150 years.