Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) is looking to unify the region’s tourism spots after finding a lack of investment into visitor infrastructure since the eighties and nineties.
‘Eyes on Eyre’ aims to tackle the issue through public meetings regarding infrastructure at camping spots, beach access points, and clear signage to these places.
Meetings will be hosted across Eyre Peninsula this month, including at Elliston, Streaky Bay and Minnipa.
RDAWEP, along with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and local councils, conducted an assessment of significant regional coastal access points, camping spots and wayfinding (signage) assets in 2018.
They found the region had a high level of ageing infrastructure struggling to support the pressures applied by growing visitor numbers.
RDAWEP chief executive officer Dion Dorward said that more than 3,000 people are currently employed directly and indirectly due to the visitor economy on Eyre Peninsula.
“The tourism potential on Eyre Peninsula is one of the highest in South Australia with a current economic value of $272 million and a projected value of $511 million,” he said.
Concept plans have now been developed for community members to provide feedback on the proposed upgrades, which include a minimum standard for visitor amenities to camping grounds.
These ‘camping nodes’ will be developed for the first round of elected camping grounds that include Sheringa, Walker’s Rock, Tractor Beach and Pildappa Rock.
Community consultation will take place on Thursday, February 21 for Sheringa and Walker’s Rock at the Elliston Visitor Information Centre from 12-2pm, then for Tractor Beach at the Streaky Bay Hotel from 4-6pm, and finally for Pildappa Rock at the Minnipa Hotel from 8-10pm.
Visit www.rdawep.org.au to complete an online survey between February 18 and 28, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.