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Council adopts tiered approach to marina fees

22 July 2015

Whyalla City Council has adopted a tiered fee approach for those using the Whyalla and Point Lowly marina facilities.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Council adopts tiered approach to marina fees  

Whyalla City Council has adopted a tiered fee approach for those using the Whyalla and Point Lowly marina facilities.

At Monday night’s meeting the council resolved the marina fee structure that includes discounted rates for recreational users and increased fees for commercial users.

The structure represents a change to the single fee structure that was applied to all users.

Recreational users will continue to pay $8 for a single launch but council is offering a 40 per cent decrease on annual permits, reducing the fee from $180.90 to $110.

It was decided at Monday night’s council meeting that commercial users would pay two times the adopted recreation permit rate, for example, $220 per annum.

The council also adopted an increase of 2.75 per cent in recreation mooring fees and the introduction of a commercial rate for mooring fees of 2.5 times the respective recreation rates.

Mooring fees were adopted at $640 for pile moorings, and $1905 for floating moorings, with commercial rates at $1600 and $4262.50 respectively.

Whyalla mayor Jim Pollock said he was pleased the fee structure had been adopted by the council, and was confident recreational users of the facility would welcome the decrease in annual fee.

“Structures at other sites show commercial operators paying between two and a half times and four and a half times the private user rates,” Mr Pollock said.

“This system considers the differences in benefit obtained by commercial operators versus private owners.”

Based on actual and projected costs, the total cost to the council for the operation of the town and Point Lowly marinas is increasing.

The council’s current pricing strategy for all fees in this category aims to recover 50 per cent of the cost of operating the facilities.

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