Hikers are set to benefit from the proposed development of low-impact, walk-in campsites at Deep Creek Conservation Park and Newland Head Conservation Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Part of the $6 million Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail project, community consultation is now open on the proposed changes through the YourSAy website.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the upgrades are part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s record $130 million investment to revitalise South Australia’s national parks.
“The Fleurieu Peninsula has some of the state’s most breathtaking views and stunning landscapes, and this project will enable all to better enjoy our national parks,” Minister Speirs said.
“The Wild South Coast Way project is a $6 million investment seeking to improve Heysen Trail infrastructure between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor to create a premium multi-day walk.
“The local community has been a key contributor to the development and design of this project and we look forward to continuing to work with them to deliver it.
“To facilitate this development, new campsites are required to cater specifically for long distance hikers – including one site in Deep Creek Conservation Park, and another in Newland Head Conservation Park.
“This process will seek to maintain strong protection for the values of the respective parks, while allowing for the development of these low-impact, walk-in campsites in appropriate locations as part of the Wild South Coast Way.
“We know how much South Australians value the natural environment which is why the Marshall Liberal Government is investing record amounts to encourage more people to visit our pristine landscapes.
“This is just one of the exciting projects we are delivering across South Australia to reinvigorate our national parks to increase visitor numbers and improve conservation.”
As part of the proposed changes, amendments will be required to park management plans for the Deep Creek and Talisker Conservation Parks and the Newland Head Conservation Park.
During the consultation period key stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the planning process with the planning team.
Members of the public will also have an opportunity to make a submission on the draft plan during the three-month statutory consultation period.
To find out more visit yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/conservation-park-management-plan-amendments/