The Normanville Foreshore Masterplan, including the surf club and kiosk re-build, jetty caravan park and basin moves forward

Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman 'Zooming' in on the Yankalilla council meeting and becoming an ally for attracting potential projects and funding in the district.
Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman 'Zooming' in on the Yankalilla council meeting and becoming an ally for attracting potential projects and funding in the district.

District Council of Yankalilla deputy mayor Simon Rothwell summed up the decision to invest millions of dollars into the Normanville Masterplan as "one of the biggest decisions in Yankalilla Council history".

It was resolved at the Tuesday, December 15 council meeting to commit more than $11 million to the Normanville Foreshore Masterplan, which will include the Normanville Surf Life Saving Club and Kiosk re-build, jetty caravan park and basin.

If funding opportunities are successful the council commitment will be $4,745,400. Cr Rothwell moved the recommendations and had the support of the majority of other elected members.

"This is a once in a lifetime decision for a once in a lifetime benefit for our community. We have listened to the community and this vision will bring greater employment and a foreshore to be proud of," Cr Rothwell said.

Councillor Peter O'Neil said council owned the land.

"There are many stakeholders in this and the reason we need to go to consultation. It will be profitable and an income generator for council and our ratepayers. This has vision and a great opportunity," Cr O'Neil said.

Councillor Leon Zarins said the development of the Normanville foreshore "will give our region the wow factor".

Not all councillors supported the concept, with Cr Davina Quirke moving a motion for the item to lay on the table due to a lack of information. It was defeated.

Earlier in the meeting there were deputations from the Normanville Surf Life Saving Club supporting the council to move forward with the development of the foreshore and Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman addressed council by Zoom.

Ms Chapman said the state government was supportive of infrastructure projects in council areas on a 50/50 funding basis.

"It is time to dust off projects and bring them out. We are here to help and I urge projects to be ready and the development of the Normanville Surf Life Saving Club needs to move forward," Ms Chapman said.

Chief Executive Nigel Morris said the District Council of Yankalilla had over the last five years built a foundation that had placed council in a prime position to take advantage of this once in a generation opportunity.

Results of the community consultation will be presented to the February 2021 meeting of council.

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