The new gates constructed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) are getting a work out with vehicle traffic, including the City of Victor Harbor Horse Tram operation being blocked from using the Causeway to Granite Island.
The Granite Island Causeway was closed off to vehicle access on Wednesday, November 6, due to forecasts of wind gusts, and re-opened on Wednesday, November 13.
DPTI spokesperson said this was in line with the Operational Control Procedure for the Causeway, which details the operational constraints that have been applied to ensure the asset's continued use and public safety.
"DPTI staff monitor weather conditions to determine if and when the gates should be closed. The Causeway may be closed to vehicular traffic if winds reach 50km/h or greater and will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians if winds reach 100km/h," spokesperson said.
"Noting the community interest in opening and closing requirements, DPTI will advise local stakeholders on all closures and openings, with media releases and social media posts to be issued when the causeway is closed off to both vehicles and pedestrians."
Notifications of closures and openings will also soon be made available online via www.ondeck.sa.gov.au
"The Causeway is safe for use in accordance with the Operational Control Procedure and the horse drawn tram operators operate under these procedures."
City of Victor Harbor Director Corporate and Customer Service Karen Rokicinski said the gates have been installed by DPTI and in the event that the gates are required to be closed, "council and the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Authority are notified".
"DPTI engineers have inspected the Causeway and re-opened it to vehicles including the horse drawn tram."
Granite Island Recreation Park will be closed at night for the 19th consecutive year throughout Schoolies Week from Friday, November 22, to Wednesday, November 27.
Closures will be in place from 10.30pm to 5.30am each night over this period when large numbers of school leavers visit Victor Harbor.
Paul Unsworth from National Parks and Wildlife Service SA said the closures were in place to protect the community and the island's wildlife.
"Visitors are able to visit the island as normal during the day, from very early in the morning," Mr Unsworth said.
While the island will be closed to the general public, the closure will not apply to anyone fishing on the causeway or screw pile jetty.
Employees of Oceanic Victor, the island lessee, will also be allowed to access the island while undertaking their normal work duties. Mr Unsworth said National Parks and Wildlife Service SA was grateful for the Victor Harbor community's ongoing support, especially at this time of the year. For further information contact 8552 0300.