Plan to develop tourism in Streaky Bay

The Streaky Bay District Council is seeking community feedback after releasing its draft Streaky Bay Region Tourism Plan for public consultation.

The council endorsed the draft plan at the August ordinary council meeting and is giving the community the stakeholders the opportunity to voice their opinion on the plan.

The aim of the tourism plan is to identify collaborative opportunities to grow visitation and the visitor economy in the Streaky Bay region, and other regions which may benefit from a flow-on effect, by identifying development opportunities for quality visitor experiences; promoting the destination; and by continuing to grow and improve tourism product and the industry.

Streaky Bay mayor Travis Barber said a lot had changed since the previous tourism plan was developed six years ago.

"Council had previously developed a plan in 2013 and a lot has changed in that period, so council felt it was time to review the plan to ensure it met the current needs of the region, tourism industry and the needs of our visitors," he said.

The focus of Streaky Bay's tourism strategy is to implement a plan with sustainable and economically achievable long-term actions to enable the tourism industry to be competitive in developing and delivering a high standard of product.

The plan also said the goal was to deliver "events and experiences that are compelling, authentic, appealing and refreshing".

It has identified a number of assets to the Streaky Bay region from which the tourism industry can continue to grow, including the Baird Bay Eco Charters, sea lion colony, coastal loop drives and coastal campgrounds.

Challenges for the industry to overcome include resources and support, funding, and the geographical size of Eyre Peninsula.

Streaky Bay recently hosted the South Australian Tourism Commission's (SATC) annual general meeting, with Tourism Minister David Ridgway and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula also in attendance, and Mr Barber said in his most recent West Coast Sentinel column that they were all supporters of the district.

"They are very excited about the future and some initiatives that are being worked on," he said.

The council said it was a great coup for Streaky Bay to be able to showcase to the organisations and Minister Ridgway what it had to offer and the opportunities present in the region.

Anybody who wishes to view the draft tourism plan and provide feedback can do so online at streakybay.sa.gov.au or contact the Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre on 8626 7033.