14/03/2021 | David Speirs MP | Better Services

Two reservoirs each within an hour of metropolitan Adelaide will have improved recreational access just in time for Easter – providing a boost to regional tourism and supporting local jobs.

Myponga Reservoir on the Fleurieu Peninsula will allow on-water access for the first time including fishing and kayaking from March 28, adding to the current land-based recreational activities available such as walking and cycling.

Warren Reservoir near the Barossa Valley, which is already available for on-water access, will have revitalised facilities including an expanded carpark, new toilets, picnic area and wheelchair access ramp linked to the kayak launch area.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the two reservoirs are part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s Opening up our Reservoirs policy which aims to create new open, green space for people to explore, drive increased tourism and create jobs.

“Our reservoirs are a fantastic opportunity to improve recreational options across South Australia and to encourage people to get out and explore the great outdoors,” Minister Speirs said.

“To have improved access to both Myponga and Warren reservoirs just in time for Easter will be a timely boost for the Fleurieu Peninsula and Barossa Valley communities.

“For far too long our reservoirs have been locked away and the Marshall Liberal Government is opening the gates to create new open, green space for people to explore.

“More than 150,000 people have visited our reservoirs since we started opening them for recreational access and to be able to offer on-water access at Myponga will attract a whole new range of visitors to the region.

“The increase in visitor numbers has been a big boost to our regional economies and businesses in Myponga and the Barossa Valley have reported a significant upturn in activity.

“To have South Australians be able to go out on a kayak or drop a line for fishing at reservoirs across our state is an opportunity which will have significant environmental, social and economic benefits for generations to come.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is investing a record $130 million across South Australia’s parks to boost nature-based tourism, create local jobs and improve conservation.

“Protecting the health and quality of our drinking water supplies remains the priority and this has been possible thanks to improved water treatment plants, detailed water quality risk assessments, as well as increased site security and water quality control measures.

“Signage at reservoir reserves clearly explain the ‘do’s and don’ts’ and it’s important all visitors to these places observe these simple rules while having a fun day.”

More information about recreational access at South Australia’s reservoir reserves – including conditions of entry – can be found at reservoirs.sa.gov.au.

Myponga Reservoir Reserve is open for land-based recreational activities and shoreline fishing is also available with a permit. On-water access for kayaking available from 28 March 2021.

Bundaleer and South Para reservoir reserves are open for fishing, kayaking, walking, and cycling.

Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve is open for land-based activities including walking, running, cycling, and picnicking.

Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve will offer kayaking, fishing, walking, and cycling opportunities by the end of this year.