Eyes on Eyre’s ageing campsite infrastructure

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) are looking to unify EP tourism spots after finding a lack of investment into visitor infrastructure since the eighties and nineties. 

REDEVELOPMENT: Lipson Cove has been listed among campsites on the EP in need of an upgrade. Image supplied.

REDEVELOPMENT: Lipson Cove has been listed among campsites on the EP in need of an upgrade. Image supplied.

Known as ‘Eyes on Eyre’ they aim to tackle the issue through public meetings regarding infrastructure at camping spots, beach access points, and clear signage to these places. 

In 2018 the 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. 

They found the region has a high level of ageing infrastructure that is 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 the EP. 

“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 including  Fitzgerald Bay, Point Gibbon, Redbanks, Lipson Cove, Fishery Bay, Farm Beach, Sheringa, Walker’s Rock, Tractor Beach and Pildappa Rock. 

Nine public consultations will be held regarding individual spots, as well as an online survey provided and an email contact. 

The consultation regarding Lipson Cove will be held at the Tumby Bay council meeting room on February 19 from 4-6pm. 

The consultation regarding Fishery Bay and Farm Beach will be held at the Nautilus Theatre in Port Lincoln on February 20 from 12-2pm. 

The consultation regarding Sheringa and Walker’s Rock will take place at the Elliston Visitor Information Centre on February 21 from 12-2pm. 

To complete the survey between February 18 and 28, go to rdawep.org.au, or email reception@rdawep.org.au.