Eyes on Eyre
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the region and a major part of the regional economy, currently growing by 16% each year, with strong tourism growth expected to continue. The challenge this presents for natural resource management is: how do we - as a collective community - effectively manage environmental impacts resulting from increased visitation to the region?
Eyes on Eyre is an initiative between the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula, the Department for Environment and Water and the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association in conjunction with coastal councils. Together we have achieved a number of outcomes to try and minimise environmental impacts and at the same time improve visitor amenity. Outcomes achieved so far include:
- Producing a Coastal Vehicle Access Decision Making Framework (completed in 2017). The framework guides environmental, social and economic values decision making along the coast. It also provides clear recommendations for councils and other organisations who manage the coast through a suite of management options and consistent guidelines.
- It was identified in early 2018 that the formalisation of some historical camping sites would benefit these areas environmentally and allow a better experience for visitors - whether locals or tourists. A list of possible sites was then finalised through consultation with local councils. The sites are Fitzgerald Bay, Point Gibbon, Redbanks, Lipson Cove, Fishery Bay, Farm Beach, Greenly Beach, Sheringa Beach, Walker’s Rock and Tractor Beach.
In early 2019 a landscape architect was contracted to produce concept plans for campsite upgrades. These concept plans have now had community input and have been endorsed by the relevant local council. Currently planning approvals and funding are being acquired so that works can be fast-tracked. Some local councils are using the landscape architect plans to slowly progress improvements at these sites, for example in the below photo, extra campsites are being created at Tractor Beach.