Artistic Impression - Nature Playspace at the Port Lincoln Foreshore

South Australian contractor Elton Landscapes has been appointed to build the new nature playspace at the Port Lincoln Foreshore with construction works set to commence from Monday 13 June 2022.

  • STAGE 1 May - Sept 2022

    Build the Playspace

  • STAGE 2 - July - September 2022

    Renew the seawall and path

  • STAGE 3 September 2022 - May 2023

    Foreshore Plaza

  • STAGE 4 June - September 2023

    Jetty Upgrade and Repairs

  • STAGE 5 June - September 2023

    Activity Zone

Project Overview

The $7.24 million (7.6M) Port Lincoln Foreshore Redevelopment project is set to provide a major visitor drawcard, while also providing an iconic recreational, meeting, tourism and events space for our community.

This foreshore project has received significant State Government being awarded $3.62 million in funding through the SA Government’s Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Programme, as well as being recognised as a priority in the Port Lincoln Precincts Master Plan which took out the Planning Minister’s Award for Best Planning Project at the 2020 SA Planning Institute of Australia Awards.

Council leaders have acknowledged the community has mixed views on particular elements of what this development should look like, and the ultimate goal is to find the balance between providing a positive place for everyone to access, while also creating an iconic landscape that help drives our economy, business and employment.

As the project moves ahead in 2022, our Council wants you to stay engaged and involved in its progress. This project page will be regularly updated to keep our community up to speed on the progress of the project.

Key features of the foreshore redevelopment concept plans, include:

  • public art and interpretation of First Nations' stories and reconciliation
  • all ages and ability nature and adventure play spaces
  • sports zone including half-court ball sports, bouldering wall and beginner's skate area
  • central foreshore plaza and flexible event space
  • renewal and upgrade of thetown jetty catering for charter vessels
  • fully accessible public realm upgrades and beach access

The revised draft plan was endorsed for consultation by Council on Monday 17 May 2021, and updates to the plan (listed below) were placed on public exhibition from Thursday 20 May 2021 to 9am on Friday 11 June 2021.

Council has drawn on the ideas and feedback from the community gathered through multiple rounds of consultation throughout 2018-2020 as part of the masterplan project.

The first draft concept plans were developed in a condensed timeframe from November 2020 to January 2021, aiming to advance the project by attracting grant funding from the State and Federal governments following the impacts of COVID-19.

Concept plans were released for public consultation from 26 January to 19 February 2021 in order to listen to community opinion, with the main themes summarised in a report presented to Council in March.

Key changes made to the plan following this consultation include:

  • reconfiguration of the car park along the foreshore, whereby only six car parks will be lost (as opposed to 23 as initially proposed);
  • the creation of new accessible parks and safe passenger drop-off zones for children, the elderly and those with mobility and access challenges;
  • more refined images and plans of the precinct features to better demonstrate concepts to community.

This project will be an asset for the Port Lincoln community, businesses and visitors as it builds on growing our reputation as a beautiful place to live, work and invest, while also continuing to grow our tourism brand as a must-visit destination.

It will significantly improve access to our foreshore area for many who currently find it challenging - including those with mobility issues, the elderly, youth and families with young children. The proposed car parking changes will create a drop-off bay or short-term parking area that will allow these people to safely and easily access our stunning foreshore.

Any questions on the Port Lincoln Foreshore Project can be directed to Council's Project Manager - Master Plan Projects, Kathleen Brannigan on 8621 2300 or email kathleen.brannigan@plcc.sa.gov.au.