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Goolwa Back in Business – Goolwa Lock OPEN once again!

19 Dec - 31 Jan 2009

On Thursday afternoon Goolwa heard news it’s been waiting to hear for months, ‘Lockages at Goolwa Barrage have recommenced and will continue until further notice’.

The announcement made on Thursday by the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC) was a breath of fresh air for many boaties and business owners who have been publicly supporting the move.

“This is great news for the local community” said John Clark President of the Southern Alexandrina Business Association.

“This will bring a significant boost to the Tourism in the area over the Christmas/New Year break as people have again got access to a safe boating destination, perfect for; skiing, sailing and brilliant for fishing.”

As the news has spread over the last couple of days locals have eagerly jumped aboard their Marina bound boats to head out through the lock to the Coorong.

Jock Veenstra, proprietor of Goolwa Cruises was amongst those who took his boat through the lock on Sunday after hearing the news. “Last time I took a boat through was in October 2007” he said.

“I will now be able to run Goolwa Wharf to Murray Mouth Cruisers over Christmas.”

Andrew Chapman who joined with Jock John and Randal to take advantage of the lock opening by cruising down into the Coorong said just how important the lock opening is to the Tourism and boating industries of Goolwa. Andrew said “It’s up to us now to communicate to all of our regular Goolwa boaties that access to the Coorong through the Goolwa lock is now a reality. We look forward to seeing familiar faces visiting Goolwa again to spend time in South Australia’s iconic Coorong”.

Randal Cooper proprietor of Goolwa Masts and Welding who has become a somewhat iconic symbol during the battle said yesterday that “Its taken 3 years to achieve what the Greeks used to do 2000 years ago by using pumps to shift the salt water back into the Coorong during each lockage”. Glad with the news of the opening and the prospects it brings to the Goolwa community he said “It’s such a simple solution that can hopefully bring back life to Goolwa giving tourists and boaties alike access to paradise”.

The Goolwa Lock is open from 8am – 11.30am and again from 1pm – 4.30pm each day excluding Christmas day. Boat operators should contact the Lock Attendant on 0408 813 729 to check availability.

Entry Cost (AUD): Free
Event Venue: Goolwa Barrage
Barrage Rd, Goolwa SA 5214
Event Times: Goolwa Barrage Open everyday except Chrsitmas

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