Construction of Whyalla’s innovative new jetty is one step closer, with South Australian company Maritime Constructions being appointed as the builder.
Whyalla City Council CEO Chris Cowley says “Maritime Constructions ticks all the boxes for a project that has been proudly managed by Council to ensure as much local content and involvement as possible.”
Mr Cowley says “[the company has] already committed to more than $2.5 million of this project going back into [the] local community through supply, labour and materials.”
Local works include steelwork fabrication, plant hire, and transport and haulage, with approximately 40 percent of the budget to be spent in Whyalla.
The work crew is expected to be made up of 30 percent local workers.
Maritime Constructions have completed over 200 construction projects in the last 22 years, and have worked on every jetty in South Australia.
The Port Adelaide-based company currently employs 110 people, with 90 percent of workers employed in South Australia.
Maritime Constructions’ Manager - Harbours and Marine, Adam Bolton, says “[They] are a family-owned company and a lot of [their] people have a connection with Whyalla”.
Mr Bolton says “It will be a huge value-add to the community and a unique feature that is going to put Whyalla on the map.”