The wait is over for construction to begin on the Port Noarlunga jetty stairs

One of the states most popular dive sites is finally having it's diving stairs reinstalled after they were destroyed in a storm over a year ago.

After the diving stairs on the Port Noarlunga jetty were destroyed in late November, 2018, there was an expectation that the new stairs would start installation in April, 2019. However, poor weather conditions combined with the appropriately equipped barge being unavailable, meant work has only just begun.

A City of Onkaparinga spokesperson said the contractor had recently commenced work on the site.

"In order to ensure public safety around the jetty and new stairs connection, the contractors have closed a 40 metre section at the western end of the jetty," they said.

"This is the same area where fishing from the jetty is prohibited. This will remain closed for the duration of the project as the handrails have been removed in the works area.

"This section of the jetty will also be used as a laydown area for equipment and materials. Signs and barriers are in place advising the closure of this section of the jetty.

Ready for installation: The new stairs which will soon be equipped to the jetty. Image: Erin Thompson - Mayor, City of Onkaparinga Facebook page.

Ready for installation: The new stairs which will soon be equipped to the jetty. Image: Erin Thompson - Mayor, City of Onkaparinga Facebook page.

"The jetty will be opened when contractors are off site, with the exception of the section currently closed in preparation for the stairs."

Weather conditions will remain a constant barrier to the project with calm waters needed to undertake the work.

The Port Noarlunga jetty is a heritage listed construction. It was built in 1921 and is enjoyed by many divers, fishermen and holidaymakers.

Closed for construction: Part of the jetty will remain closed permanently until construction is completed. Image: Erin Thompson - Mayor, City of Onkaparinga Facebook page.

Closed for construction: Part of the jetty will remain closed permanently until construction is completed. Image: Erin Thompson - Mayor, City of Onkaparinga Facebook page.

The current jetty is also a monument to the first jetty which was built in Port Noarlunga in 1855 to help transport produce from the region to Adelaide.

The original jetty was longer and at one point included a tramway. However, it was demolished due to its deterioration and the decline of water transport.