http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/8f8f ... ?width=650A HOTEL floating above the Glenelg jetty and with ocean views across the horizon is the centrepiece of a $110 million development aimed at reinvigorating the foreshore.
The Advertiser has obtained plans for a long-discussed revival of the Glenelg landmark from designers Mott MacDonald, which requires government funding to get the green light.
SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall will today announce that his party will commit $20 million to the project if it wins the next election and a cost-benefit study shows an overall economic lift.
The development plan was kickstarted by the Jetty Road Mainstreet Committee in 2014 with cash for the concept design and further money has been allocated for an economic analysis.
The plan includes doubling the length of the jetty and widening it to six times its current size at a cost of $110 million. That base would be used for the private development of a boutique hotel, dock for a fast ferry to Kangaroo Island, marine research centre, restaurants and public space.
“This type of project is how governments should be growing the economy,” he said.
“The State Government should be backing private investors who want to create jobs, renew our state and grow our economy. “Glenelg is a great location but it needs a refresh. This development will breathe life into the area.”
The state Liberals would provide $20 million towards the jetty redevelopment if there were a positive cost-benefit analysis and federal government funding contribution, Mr Marshall said.
Federal Liberal Hindmarsh MP Matt Williams is facing a strong Labor challenge for his seat at an election due on July 2. Mr Williams said he supported the project.
The Jetty Road Mainstreet Committee wants to return the jetty to its heyday of the early 1900s when it housed city baths, tea house and aquarium.
They were washed away in a storm in 1948 and the current jetty was built in 1969.
Holdfast Bay Mayor Stephen Patterson said state and federal government support and financial commitments would help attract private investors needed.
A state government spokeswoman said: “The Government is yet to hear from the proponents of the Glenelg Jetty plans but we would be happy to consider the proposal once we do”.
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