The Kings Beach Viewing Deck is now completed.
Situated at the end of Kings Beach Road and bordering the Heysen Trail, the platform is ready for people to enjoy the panoramic vista in comfort and safety.
These new facilities include the decking for easy viewing across the bay, new signage providing historical and environmental information, seats and a table for enjoying a picnic or just to sit and relax.
Named "Nakurami kondoli" (local Aboriginal word for whale lookout) in consultation with the local Indigenous community, this facility is a project of Victor Harbor Rotary, with funding from the Australian Government 'Building Better Regions Fund'.
The design has incorporated environmental and ecological aspects to ensure that the new structure fits into the site along with a commitment to use a local builder and local products where possible.
The material used is a sustainable reclaimed wood and recycled plastic composite product that will not rust, splinter or weather with age and is resistant to sea water and salt.
"Building commenced in February and proceeded on time, being completed prior to the lockdown for COVID-19. New signage is now in place to let the visitors to our region know about the local Aboriginal stories of the site and the history of West Island." Victor Harbor Rotary Project Lead Mal Menadue said.
"The Friends of Heysen Trail are working hard to upgrade their part of the trail with fresh signage as well.
"There will be some ongoing work on native revegetation around the decking over the next few months and City of Victor Harbor has partnered with Rotary to do some great work on the road and parking area leading up to the deck."
Mr Menadue said tourism was an important part of the Victor Harbor story and this type of quality infrastructure added to the attractions that day trippers and overseas visitors can enjoy in the region.
"Whale watching season 2020 is approaching quickly and there are often whale sightings close into the bay between Petrel Cove and West Island," he said.
Rotary Victor Harbor acknowledges the support and assistance of the Australian Government funding, local government, local business, community groups and many residents in enabling the vision to become a reality.
"The aim is always to enhance the lifestyle of the Victor Harbor community and to encourage visitors to come and enjoy our special region," he said.
City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy said the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor are commended for the delivery of this great project.
"The new viewing platform at Kings Beach will be a great asset for residents and visitors. It provides an accessible and attractive viewing area of this beautiful part of our coastline. With whale season now upon us, the timing of completion couldn't be better," Ms MacKirdy said.