The Government of South Australia has published plans and concept design to build the new Victor Harbor causeway.

Released for consultation ahead of its detailed design phase, the new design has a different alignment compared to the existing causeway, which will be temporarily available for community use during construction works.

The government recently set aside A$20m ($13m) to secure the future of the Victor Harbor causeway as part of an A$1.115bn ($754m) regional roads and infrastructure programme.

The total cost of the project, which is expected to be completed by late 2021, will be finalised through the design phase.

Local Government Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephan Knoll said: “The Marshall Government is investing in regional infrastructure and has secured the future of the Granite Island Causeway.

“The new and improved Granite Island Causeway, along with the Island itself, will continue to be an iconic tourism drawcard for the region.

“Earlier this year, we finalised the Causeway’s temporary repairs so we could maintain access to Granite Island and now we’re getting on with the job of delivering a long-term solution.

“Unfortunately, the former Labor government let this causeway rot because they refused to invest in South Australia’s regional infrastructure.”

David Basham, member of Finniss – an Australian town located along the Victor Harbor railway line – said: “The Victor Harbor Causeway is one of the biggest tourism drawcards in Victor Harbor and the broader Fleurieu Peninsula region.

“Securing the future of the Granite Island Causeway goes a long way to securing the future of the tourism industry in the region which is so important to our local economy.”