Port Noarlunga Jetty staircase hopefully constructed by summer

Photo: City of Onkaparinga.
Photo: City of Onkaparinga.

The Port Noarlunga diving access stairs which were destroyed last November are getting closer to being replaced - with designs now completed, it is a waiting game for perfect weather to begin construction.

The new stairs which were designed in consultation with regular uses of the old stairs are set to include a number of new key features including:

  • an improved entry system for fully kitted divers;
  • removed handrails from lower platforms to allow for multiple access points; and
  • lower platforms are walk-on/off rather than climbing ladders.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson said the installation timing is ultimately determined by the weather.

"Contractors require consecutive days of perfect conditions to install the free-standing piles accurately the first time.

"Piling is the procedure of setting deep foundations into the seabed to create a robust and stable base for construction to commence. It's a difficult process in the marine environment and involves mobilising a barge with specialist equipment.

"The opportunity to install may narrow further during the winter months, however we are monitoring the forecast and will start work as soon as the right opportunity arises to ensure the new stairs are in place before summer."

On the Coast will provide updates as information becomes available.