Myponga Reservoir Reserve has officially welcomed the 50,000th visitor through its gates.
Opened in April 2019, the popular site has seen visitors flocking to explore the reservoir reserve for a range of land-based activities including bushwalking, cycling, picnicking, and fishing.
Myponga was the first reservoir reserve to open under the government’s plan to allow recreational activities at reservoirs across South Australia, with new activities since being added at South Para, Warren and Bundaleer.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs says the milestone at Myponga shows how appreciative people are to be able to access these new natural spaces for exercise, fun and adventure.
“South Australians have been crying out for more large open spaces like Myponga to use for adventure, exercise or a fun day out with the family, and 50,000 visitors within just 18 months is an outstanding result,” Minister Speirs said.
“The flow-on benefits to local businesses has been extremely positive, and we anticipate the continued popularity of Myponga for locals and tourists will provide even further social and economic benefits for years to come.
“People have clearly relished the chance to explore this new space, walk and cycle the more than three kilometre network of trails, or drop a line in the reservoir fishing zone, and we are excited that people will be able to enjoy on-water access for kayaking by early to mid-2021.
“Protecting the health, safety and quality of our drinking water has always been our top priority, and improvements currently being made to the Myponga Water Treatment Plant ensures the thousands of people visiting the site every year will soon be able to safely take in even more of the beautiful scenery.
With a capacity of more than 27 billion litres, water stored in the Myponga Reservoir is treated at the nearby water treatment plant before it is delivered as safe, clean drinking water to thousands of SA Water customers on the Fleurieu Peninsula.