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LGA Jetties Working Group: Opportunity to be involved - Circular 28.4

To Chief Executive Officer
Community Services Staff
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Date 8 July 2019
Contact Katherine Russell
Response Required Yes Respond By 19 July 2019
Summary The LGA is forming a working group to support member councils and inform our collective negotiation with the State Government regarding leases for the future management of jetties. This Circular provides details on how councils can be involved.

LGA Jetties Working Group: Opportunity to be involved

LGA Jetties Working Group

Many councils with jetties and wharves in their care and control are concerned about their future management as existing leases will be coming up for renewal.

There are currently over 70 jetties and wharves currently under the care and control of councils and there is a range of arrangements in place to manage these assets on behalf of the community. 

At the April 2019 LGA Ordinary General Meeting members carried a motion raised by the District Council of Tumby Bay, that:

“The LGA CEO to immediately begin negotiations with the current State Government to draft a lease or other agreement with local government collectively to safeguard the future of jetties in South Australia without creating a financial burden on ratepayers especially in rural and regional areas”.

In order to support the LGA in management of this issue, a LGA Jetties Working Group of local government representatives is being established and participation is invited from interested councils.  The LGA has webinar facilities so we welcome the involvement of any council wishing to be involved. 

Please contact Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer at the LGA, at to express your interest in the LGA Jetties Working Group by Friday 19 July 2019.

State Government’s Jetties Strategic Plan: Information Sought from DPTI

On 26 May 2019, the State Government announced that it is developing a Jetties Strategic Plan.  It is seeking substantial information from affected councils about their jetties, as well as recommendations for key stakeholders to be involved in the consultation process.

The LGA will suggest to the State Government that the LGA Jetties Working Group forms a key stakeholder group in its ongoing consultation process.

All affected councils should have received a letter from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) about the development of the Jetties Strategic Plan.  DPTI has requested the following information:

  • Jetty usage (pedestrian, vehicular and fishing) information
  • Importance to council and community, ranked in priority order, if councils have multiple jetties
  • Any other information on councils’ views on the importance of the jetty to the council area, visitors and residents

and, if the jetty is divested to council:

  • Forward program of maintenance and capital works, including budgets
  • Completed works undertaken, including costs
  • Asset management plans and future planning considerations.

This information was due to DPTI by 5 July 2019.

The LGA is interested in your council’s views and requests a copy of the information which your council provides to DPTI.


Please contact Katherine Russell at with any queries or feedback, and to provide a copy of the information requested from DPTI.

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