What we’ll do
A Marshall Liberal Government will boost tourism in regional areas through our plan to open a number of South Australia’s reservoirs for recreational activities.
In addition to the Happy Valley Reservoir as part of our new Glenthorne National Park, we will also open the gates of the Tod and Barossa reservoirs, as well as those at Myponga, South Para and Hope Valley.
For all these reservoirs, it is anticipated that recreational activities could include walking, cycling, kayaking, sailing and fishing. We will also look to partner with recreational fishing bodies to stock reservoirs, with anglers paying an annual fee to enjoy this opportunity.
We will ensure that the opening of each reservoir is undertaken with great care to prevent any possible adverse impacts on the quality and security of our drinking water supplies.
As well as interstate and overseas, this has already been managed effectively here in South Australia with a significant proportion of our drinking water coming from the River Murray where many and varied recreational activities occur.
Why we’re doing it
There’s much more we can do to provide new recreational opportunities for locals and visitors to South Australia which will create jobs and investment.
For example, our closed reservoir system means we miss out on sporting, recreational, tourism and other economic development options even though an open reservoir system will not affect the safety or quality of our drinking water.
At the 2014 election, Labor promised it would enable recreational fishing at five reservoirs, but plans for two of these (Hindmarsh Valley and Beetaloo) were subsequently abandoned, much to the dismay of local communities hoping for a significant economic boost from the tourism that could flow from the initiative.
South Australians deserve access to these resources and that’s why we are committed to opening up our reservoirs.