06/10/2020

Business is booming for communities near reservoirs now open for public recreational access.

The Barossa Valley is the latest region to benefit with access to South Para and Warren reservoir reserves for activitiesincluding kayaking and fishing.
kayak warrenWilliamstown traders in particular have seen an economic boost from extra visitors to the region with a new business – Barossa Kayak Hire – due to open in the coming weeks as a direct result of the access to South Para and Warren reservoirs.
The Fleurieu Peninsula town of Myponga was the first to benefit from the State Government's Opening up our Reservoirs policy with 50,000 people now having visited the reservoir since it was opened in April 2019.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said for too long these high-quality natural environments had been locked away from the public.
“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,” Minister Speirs said.
"It’s great to see local businesses benefiting from increased visitors to our regions, boosting our economy and creating jobs.
“Traders at both Myponga and Williamstown have told me how much of a boost it’s been for their local communities and to hear about a brand new business starting up in the Barossa as a direct result of increased recreational access at our reservoirs further demonstrates the success of this policy.
Barossa Kayak Hire’s Matt Hale said his business will allow visitors to hire fishing and kayak equipment at Warren Reservoir.
“The local community was thrilled when both South Para and Warren reservoirs were opened for kayaking and fishing,” Mr Hale said.
“We’ve seen an increase of visitors to the region wanting to get on the water and drop a line and we saw an opportunity to start a business which would make this access even easier.
“Previously people had to bring their own equipment which can be difficult for some, but now all you will have to do is rock up and we can supply you with all the gear you need.”
Barossa Kayak Hire has been given a trial licence to operate at Warren Reservoir and will have two designated launch areas at Gate 1 and the Old Bridge.The Barossa Valley is the latest region to benefit with access to South Para and Warren reservoir reserves for activitiesincluding kayaking and fishing.
Williamstown traders in particular have seen an economic boost from extra visitors to the region with a new business – Barossa Kayak Hire – due to open in the coming weeks as a direct result of the access to South Para and Warren reservoirs.
The Fleurieu Peninsula town of Myponga was the first to benefit from the State Government's Opening up our Reservoirs policy with 50,000 people now having visited the reservoir since it was opened in April 2019.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said for too long these high-quality natural environments had been locked away from the public.
“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,” Minister Speirs said.
"It’s great to see local businesses benefiting from increased visitors to our regions, boosting our economy and creating jobs.
“Traders at both Myponga and Williamstown have told me how much of a boost it’s been for their local communities and to hear about a brand new business starting up in the Barossa as a direct result of increased recreational access at our reservoirs further demonstrates the success of this policy.
Barossa Kayak Hire’s Matt Hale said his business will allow visitors to hire fishing and kayak equipment at Warren Reservoir.
“The local community was thrilled when both South Para and Warren reservoirs were opened for kayaking and fishing,” Mr Hale said.
“We’ve seen an increase of visitors to the region wanting to get on the water and drop a line and we saw an opportunity to start a business which would make this access even easier.
“Previously people had to bring their own equipment which can be difficult for some, but now all you will have to do is rock up and we can supply you with all the gear you need.”
Barossa Kayak Hire has been given a trial licence to operate at Warren Reservoir and will have two designated launch areas at Gate 1 and the Old Bridge.