Eyes on Eyre
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the region and a major part of the regional economy, 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, Department for Environment and Water, and the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association in conjunction with 11 local councils.
We aim to enhance the Eyre Peninsula as a distinctive, cultural and remarkable world-class destination, underpinned by the character of its local communities and coupled with the conservation and protection of its pristine environment. We encourage locals and visitors to respect the environment.
Together, the Eyes on Eyre partners 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:
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.
In March 2022, we had $700,000 in funding approved to progress work on these plans for priority coastal campgrounds.
Online booking system for camping
In late 2021, we started working with several councils across the EP to implement an online booking system for popular camping areas. The online booking project aims to address visitor impacts at scale and provide a sustainable model for campground management. We want to develop high-quality camping infrastructure to enhance the visitor experience, whilst conserving the Eyre Peninsula environment.
The District Council of Elliston was the first to start implementing this with online bookings available for Sheringa and Walker’s Rock. Online booking is now also available for Point Gibbon and a number of campgrounds managed by Lower Eyre Council. See the Eyre Peninsula website for booking details and this media release for more information about the move to an online booking system.
The below video shows the impact summer 2020/21 camping had on the local environment & talks about the way forward.
- November 2022 - Eyes on popular coastal campgrounds for conservation
- March 2022 - Funding for priority coastal campgrounds
- December 2021 - Eyre Peninsula campsite bookings to go online
- 7 May 2018 - Sustainable Eyre Peninsula coast
Planning and Assesment Officer
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