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Railway turntable project opening celebration

The City of Victor Harbor’s railway turntable site redevelopment is nearing completion and the community is invited to take a look at the new public space at an official opening celebration on Wednesday, 11 July 2018.

Located on Eyre Terrace, the railway turntable site has undergone a dramatic transformation into a space that pays tribute to Victor Harbor’s rich railway heritage, at the same time as providing a new public space for the enjoyment of locals and visitors.

Construction on the $460,000 project commenced in late March. Works have included new safety fencing, landscaping, seating, public art, shelter, paving, pathways, heritage interpretation and car parking.

The turntable mechanism used by the SteamRanger to turn their trains in the opposite direction is the main feature of the site. Artistic elements with railway links have also been added to complement the look and feel of the space including a shelter that is inspired by a train carriage, white picket fencing synonymous with railways, historical train numbers within the paving and quirky blue sheep to pay homage to the large quantities of livestock that were exported out of the region by rail from this site.

City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp believes the community will be proud of the finished product.

“The redevelopment of the railway turntable site has transformed a once desolate area into an inviting public space that aims to be a memorable place for people to visit,” said Mayor Philp.

“This project is the result of extensive negotiations with the State Government to see the land transferred to council’s care and control. The support of SteamRanger has also been key to the success of the project, and I thank them for their involvement.”

“I am looking forward to opening up the space for the community’s enjoyment, and encourage people to come down to the official opening celebration on 11 July.”

Official opening formalities will take place at 10.30am, and there will be activities at the site between 10am and 4pm with train turns, entertainment, art activities and history trail adventures throughout the day.

Visit the project webpage for more information.

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