The Marshall Liberal Government will deliver $20 million in the 2019-20 State Budget towards providing a permanent solution for the Granite Island Causeway.
This forms part of the Marshall Government’s record $1.115 billion regional roads and infrastructure spend in the 2019-20 State Budget – the largest investment in South Australia’s history.
Temporary repairs are underway on the Victor Harbor landmark to enable the popular horse-drawn tram service to be reinstated following its closure earlier this year.
“The Granite Island Causeway is a South Australian icon and a tourism draw card for Victor Harbor and the Fleurieu Peninsula region,” said Premier Marshall.
“The State Liberal Government is investing record levels in regional roads and infrastructure to help build our regions, grow our economy and support more jobs.
“The Granite Island Causeway has been in desperate need of repairs and an upgrade for many years.
“It’s been a key piece of tourism infrastructure in our state for more than 150 years and along with the historic horse-drawn tram it’s the jewel in the Fleurieu peninsula’s tourism crown.
“The State Liberal Government will be investing $20 million towards providing a permanent solution to ensure the Granite Island Causeway remains a premier tourism attraction.
“Tourists from around the state, country and overseas flock to Victor Harbor to visit Granite Island and experience the iconic horse drawn carriage.”
Member for Finniss David Basham said the investment would help secure the long-term future of tourism in the Victor Harbor area and on Granite Island.
“The local community will welcome this funding injection which secures the future of the Granite Island Causeway with open arms,” said Mr Basham.
“So many local businesses rely on tourism dollars to make their livelihoods, support their families and create local jobs.
“Securing the future of the Granite Island Causeway goes a long way to securing the future of the tourism industry in the region which is so important to our local economy.”
A study is currently underway to determine the optimum solution, from a range of possible options, and will be informed through key stakeholder input.
Following the study, the construction of the permanent solution will commence in 2019-20 and will be undertaken across two years.