05/07/2020 | David Speirs MP | Better Services

South Australians are being encouraged to get out and explore the state’s parks – in particular our regions, as school holidays begin and COVID-19 restrictions continue to be eased.

The “You can… in Parks” digital campaign launched today highlights all of the opportunities that exist for South Australians to enjoy the great outdoors which we have on our doorstep.

The campaign coincides with the start of school holidays and the public reopening of Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, following the summer’s devastating bushfires.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said recent visitor statistics showed South Australian parks have proved to be very popular throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“The way we go about everyday life has significantly changed but South Australians continue to look for open space to safely exercise and undertake recreational activities,” said Minister Speirs.

“South Australians have done an amazing job during the COVID-19 pandemic and as restrictions continue to ease people are very keen to get out and about again. Our latest visitor statistics show a 43 per cent year on year increase in national parks camping and accommodation bookings since travel restrictions were lifted on May 11.

“Our “You can… in Parks” campaign is about taking it one step further and really harnessing that same enthusiasm to get people out into the regions.

“With school holidays starting this weekend and Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island reopening, it’s an ideal time to remind South Australians of all the fantastic natural open spaces we have on our doorstep.

“With some border restrictions still in place, we can still support the local tourism sector and regional communities by exploring our own backyards and parks offer an ideal choice for families looking to holiday without leaving the state.”

Minister Speirs said the campaign will target families and individuals who enjoy the outdoors to visit and stay in South Australian parks and give a much-needed boost to regional economies.

“We have a real opportunity to connect with park visitors and encourage them to move beyond the experiences they have enjoyed near Adelaide, to parks experiences in regional areas,” said Minister Speirs.

“Why not get out and take the kids to experience an iconic site such as Cleland Wildlife Park, Naracoorte Caves or Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island. You can visit Flinders Chase National Park to share in the bushfire recovery journey and witness first-hand the plant life bouncing back and turning the landscape green again.”

In support of the reopening of Flinders Chase National Park, entry will be free until further notice. Visit www.parks.sa.gov.au for more information.