In 2017/18 the Streaky Bay District Council agreed to a joint initiative between Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association, Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management and Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia to develop ‘Wayfind’, a coastal access and camping options plan, a step towards the ‘Eyes on Eyre’ master plan.
Tractor Beach was identified as a key camping node and so the council submitted for funding to upgrade the camp ground and was successful in receiving $45,000.
Council had already put money towards upgrading toilets and an extension to camping areas, so this is an excellent outcome.
Summer sand sculpting
The council had been looking at ways of value-adding to our already busy peak season by creating more events with a view to attracting more tourists to the town whilst creating an economic benefit.
Due to our obvious beautiful beach location the team looked into a sand sculpting idea which has led to us being successful in gaining $17,350 in funding to host ‘Sandstorm Events’, which will see a massive 10-tonne sand sculpture built in Streaky Bay over a six day event in January 2019.
The sculpture will stay in place for three months for interactive and educational play, and besides having fun elements it will also provide an opportunity for someone to be employed by Sandstorm immediately if a person emerges with the necessary talent.
It will provide for up to 240 people to participate in sand art as well as attracting potentially thousands of people, as seen at other events like it, over the 48 days the sculpture will be in place, not to mention a host of other events around the six days.
Kerrin McEvoy statue
The ‘Streaky Bay Kid’ statue is gaining momentum with the council agreeing on the site and support for the statue’s location.
This project will not only recognise one of Australia’s most decorated jockeys but one of Streaky Bay’s biggest success stories, adding a valuable asset to our foreshore that is sure to attract visitors from all over Australia to our region.
Fundraising has begun and there seems to be many people wanting to be a part of this fantastic initiative – I look forward to seeing the progress on this.
Streaky Bay District Council mayor