Survey highlights need for upgraded facilities

SURVEY: The Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula survey was instigated following a festive period which saw an increase in visitor numbers to Eyre Peninsula sites. Photo: Murray Kelsh
SURVEY: The Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula survey was instigated following a festive period which saw an increase in visitor numbers to Eyre Peninsula sites. Photo: Murray Kelsh

Nearly three-quarters of respondents to a Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP) survey believe there should be an improvement in camp site design and upgrade of amenities at Eyre Peninsula camping sites.

RDAEP's 'Eyre Peninsula Camping' survey came about following the holiday period in December and January, which highlighted increasing pressure on existing infrastructure along the Eyre Peninsula coastline with the number of visitors to the region.

There were 241 responses to the survey, with Coles Point at the list of top five sites people would like to see improved, ahead of Greenly, Farm Beach, Streaky Bay and Fishery Bay.

The top six improvements people would like to see at the sites include the introduction of camping fees; the development of defined camping bays; the installation of public toilets; to have rubbish and recycling bins provided; delineated car park and pathways to prevent off-track walking and driving to protect vegetation; and improved advisory information to inform the impacts of visitors to vegetation, environment and wildlife.

A total of 71 per cent of respondents strongly support improving camp site design and the quality of amenities, connecting with the surrounding environment, while 48 per cent said they would support the development of a regional Eyre Peninsula camping pass.

Eighty-three per cent of people agreed with the development of an online booking reservation platform for campgrounds, while only six per cent felt there should be a removal of existing camping fees.

A total of 91 per cent of respondents said they supported RDAEP, Landscapes EP and the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association to continue to lobby for funding to improve campsites through the Eyes on Eyre project.

There was 70 per cent support for the creation of walking loop trails and 65 per cent for security measures - including regular inspections, the application of by-laws and CCTV installation - but only 12 per cent said they supported the creation of 2WD access.

RDAEP said it was critical for the region to generate adequate and ongoing revenue to reinvest into the protection, maintenance and improvement of natural and built assets, and to renew foreshore, reserves and camping facilities.

It said the Eyes on Eyre project had attracted funding to address the problems highlighted over the festive period, with stage one of the project identifying sites highlighted in the survey as among those that can be upgraded.