The Normanville Foreshore and Jetty Caravan Park Masterplan has set the stage for a remarkable transformation of the always desirable Normanville Foreshore, revitalising it into a captivating destination. The comprehensive plan, adopted in July 2021, aims to create a safer, more inclusive and vibrant environment for residents and visitors. Over five years in the making, the $16.45 million Masterplan has secured over $8 million in external funding towards its successful implementation.

The Masterplan consists of three main projects, each contributing to enhancing the foreshore’s appeal and overall experience:

New Cabins within the upgraded Big4 Normanville Jetty Holiday Park:

As part of the Masterplan, 23 new single-story cabins have been constructed in the Council-owned Big4 Normanville Jetty Holiday Park. These thoughtfully designed cabins offer a range of styles to cater to diverse accommodation needs from first-time visitors through to families and offer a high-quality accommodation experience. From open-plan studio-style cabins to spacious two-bedroom options, there’s an ideal choice for every guest.

The project received funding from the State Government’s Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program ($2,045,450.00) and the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions funding program ($2,045,450.00). This funding not only assisted to deliver the 23 new fully furnished cabins but was also applied to improve local infrastructure in the park such as underground services, fire hydrants, electricity upgrades, fencing, landscaping and recreational amenities. The cabins are now completed and have been heavily booked since opening in a staged process across summer 2022-23.  The offerings have been met with excitement, generating positive feedback from guests. As a Council-owned establishment, this project aims to increase revenue generation for the community, while adding significant economic value to surrounding local businesses.

Normanville Foreshore Upgrade Works:

The Normanville Foreshore has undergone a remarkable ‘placemaking’ urban design transformation with the implementation of the Masterplan. The beach plaza, inclusive beach access, lawn areas and nature play space have been successfully completed, providing a hub of activity for the local community and visitors. The renovation has been well-utilised, especially during the festive period and early feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The Council was delighted to receive funding of $2,100,000.00 through the State Government’s Open Space and Places for People Grant Programs from the Planning and Development Fund. Remaining work, including carpark resealing, will be completed towards the end of 2023, aligning with the completion of the cornerstone Normanville Surf Lifesaving Club & Café/Kiosk development. Mayor Darryl Houston states, “The Normanville Foreshore is a hub in the summer months and we are proud to have delivered a safer and more inclusive space for our community and visitors to enjoy.”

Combined Rebuild of the Normanville Surf Lifesaving Club & Café/Kiosk:

The iconic Normanville Surf Lifesaving Club & Café/Kiosk are undergoing a combined rebuild, set to be completed late in 2023. This project has been long awaited since the need for an upgrade was first identified in 2015 and is now coming to fruition through close collaboration between Council, the Normanville Surf Life Saving Club and Surf Life Saving SA. Funding has been provided by both the State Government and the Normanville Surf Life Saving Club.

The rebuilt Normanville Surf Lifesaving Club & Café/Kiosk will serve as a popular destination for both tourists and the local community, offering an expanded range of amenities and enhancing the overall foreshore experience. It will create a safe and inviting beach environment, promoting leisure and recreation. 

The successful delivery of these projects is a testament to the District Council of Yankalilla’s commitment to community engagement and the aim of delivering great experiences through quality infrastructure. The Masterplan not only enhances the Normanville Foreshore and Big4 Normanville Jetty Holiday Park but also contributes to the local economy with ongoing job creation, improved community infrastructure and reduced rates burden on the community. The Council is delighted with the completion of the Masterplan’s initial stages and looks forward to the completion of the final stages, including the completion of the Normanville Surf Lifesaving Club & Café/Kiosk, elevating the Normanville Foreshore to a premier destination on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula.

Yankalilla Library

The completion of the District Council of Yankalilla’s new Library marks the culmination of a seven-year journey, characterised by extensive community involvement and collaboration with our Community Library Advisory Group. Through the collective efforts of local building designer Harmonic Design and South Australian-based firm Building Solutions, a modern and highly functional design has been brought to life, seamlessly integrating the old with the new, celebrating the past while embracing the future in a flexible, warm and contemporary space.

The choice of materials for the Yankalilla Library was made to complement and contrast the existing building, drawing inspiration from the surrounding public buildings, such as the neighbouring school. The selected colours exude a restrained vibrancy, perfectly suited for a public space that caters to all ages. The warm tones of red and sandstone pay homage to the hues found in the neighbouring school’s windows and metalwork, while carefully placed splashes of colour inside the library resonate with local sporting teams, like the vibrant yellow highlights that pay tribute to the local Yankalilla Tigers.

Council is thankful that this ambitious project received funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. The funds were allocated towards essential aspects of the project, including the sealing of Thomas Street, the construction of car parking areas (including disability parking) and the creation of footpaths. Additionally, the funding supported lighting, stormwater treatment, landscaping and the incorporation of rain gardens. Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Federal) also generously provided a grant of $250,000 towards the fit-out of the library, further enhancing its functionality and appeal.

The Yankalilla Library proudly opened its doors on Friday, 20th January 2023, marking the completion of the $1.85 million project. The official opening was attended by over 100 people, including dignitaries such as Trish Day (representing Member for Mayo Rebekah Sharkie), Member for Mawson the Hon. Leon Bignell MP, together with local Mayors and staff from neighbouring councils. State Library Director Geoff Strempel was also present and praised the project, describing it as a beautiful public space and a true local asset to be celebrated.

Since its official opening, the Yankalilla Library has swiftly become a cherished resource for our community. Welcoming over 12,550 visitors, facilitating the lending of over 16,000 items and offering an impressive array of 172 programs since opening, the library has quickly become a place where community members of all ages can gather, learn and engage with one another, fostering a sense of connection and enrichment.

Information and photos were provided by Liz Soper, Executive Administration and Communications Officer District Council of Yankalilla