THE Tod Reservoir master plan steering group will meet for the first time early next year to begin discussions on what direction they think the reservoir’s future should take.
Earlier this year Eyre Futures manager Jill Coates applied to Building Better Regions fund for money to develop the plan.
Mrs Coates said Eyre Futures would be facilitating the project and putting the final plan together.
She said the meeting in February would be one of many held throughout the year next year between all the reservoir’s stakeholders.
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Primary Industries and Regions SA, Recfish SA, Port Lincoln High School, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, SA Water as well as the Port Lincoln City Council, Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council and Tumby Bay District Council and Barngarla woman Emma Richards have all been invited to present at the first meeting.
“At that first meeting we want everyone to hear from everyone because there are so many different views on what would be suitable,” Mrs Coates said.
“It is a great opportunity for all the stakeholders to come together and hear the background, the opportunities and challenges and to see if it is possible to open the reservoir to recreation.”
Mrs Coates said how many times the group met throughout the year would be up to the steering group members but the master plan needed to be completed by November 2018.
She said concerns had been raised about the low water level of the reservoir and its suitability for recreational activities but it was up to the group to find a way forward.
“We can’t progress anything without a plan and if there are opportunities for tourism that will need to be discussed,” Mrs Coates said.
Mrs Coates said any community members interested in sharing their view could contact her at Eyre Futures on 8682 4177, for her to present on the community member’s behalf.