Save Port Augusta's maritime history for future generations.

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Port Augusta was once a major shipping port, servicing the inland communities and surrounding areas. This activity dates back to the early nineteenth century, where Port Augusta was a staging point for the development of a trade route through the heart of the country, north to the Northern Territory. It was also a shipping point for the region's riches, including wool and mineral ore. Camels, which were unloaded at the port, resulted in the legendary Afghan Cameleers, after which the current Ghan rail passenger service is named. Over time many of the old structures have disappeared due to new development.

However, cities and towns in other areas have taken steps to preserve this heritage in order to retain a link with the past. Once these historic structures, and symbols of our community's past are demolished, they cannot be replaced. Descendants of pastoralists, cameleers, railway men and their families see our historic marine assets as a visible connection to their family heritage and the importance such objects have played in building our nation and our identity.

 The current citizens of Port Augusta are custodians of that history and have an obligation to preserve it where possible.

 Port Augusta City Council has over time, since assuming responsibility, failed to adequately maintain various maritime assets such as the Eastside T Jetty, Westside T Jetty, Wharf, and the original Great Western Bridge.

The ratepayers and citizens of the City of Port Augusta respectfully petition the Mayor and Councilors of the City of Port Augusta to take action to preserve the Westside T Jetty, wharf, and, dependent on the location of the duplication of the Nancy (Joy) Baluch AM Bridge, the Great Western Bridge. We therefore respectfully ask Council direct any, and all, remaining funds from the proposed restoration of the Eastside T Jetty, towards these projects. We also insist, as our elected representatives, the Port Augusta City Council lobby both State and Federal members of Parliament for funding to restore and replace these structures once costs have been determined.


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