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Community Engagement

Community Engagement

A big thank you goes to the 163 people that attended one of our three Granite Island Causeway information sessions held at the Victor Harbor Bowling Club on Friday, 12 February and Sunday, 14 February 2021.

The majority of the feedback received from the information sessions has been overwhelmingly positive.

Common points raised include:

  • the majority of attendees acknowledged that the concept design is an improvement to the previous design;
  • a large proportion of attendees thought the information sessions were informative and the staff were knowledgeable and able to answer all questions asked;
  • some attendees acknowledged that if something wasn’t done now, it may result in a complete loss of heritage and not being able to retain anything;
  • a small number of attendees preferred the retention of the old Causeway for pedestrians only and that a new Causeway be built for the horse and cart;
  • a small number of attendees raised local fauna management as an issue, with a considerable amount of feedback from attendees complimenting the measures that will be implemented to address impacts in relation to whales and penguins, and other local fauna, and marine life;
  • in general, attendees were happy with the commitment to install a fox gate to protect the penguin colony on Granite Island;
  • attendees provided positive feedback regarding the retention and restoration of a significant portion of the Causeway to allow an appreciation of the original structure and alignment;
  • attendees liked the provision on the new Causeway for tender boats (boat landing facility);
  • ·attendees liked that the new structure will be wider, which will improve safety for pedestrians and accommodate people with mobility challenges;
  • attendees provided positive feedback that the new structure will accommodate full access for emergency service vehicles (e.g. fire truck etc.);
  • attendees commented that the existing structure should be replaced with a new Causeway so that access to Granite Island is maintained at all times and not restricted by wind conditions;
  • many attendees were happy that access to Granite Island will be maintained during construction, subject to weather conditions;
  • attendees were positive about the inclusion of the Aboriginal Community in the concept design, with the etching in the new Causeway surface and other public art opportunities; and
  • attendees also raised a variety of design suggestions and comments such as accessibility considerations and the inclusion of bicycle lanes.

The information sessions were a great opportunity to show the community the collaboration that has been occurring between the City of Victor Harbor and the Department to develop the latest concept design.

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Community engagement is a critical part of the Granite Island Causeway Project and we are committed to keeping you informed about the project’s progress and seeking your feedback.


Join the project mailing list to receive project information as it becomes available and provide your comments or feedback.

Business owner / operator can also complete the Business Survey.

The survey is an opportunity to identify what is important to your business in relation to this project.


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