Innes National Park, the jewel in the crown

If elected in March a Marshall Liberal Government will unlock nature based tourism opportunities in Innes National Park on Yorke Peninsula by allowing the development of accommodation services.

Under the Liberals’ plan an Expression of Interest will be issued for the development and operation of accommodation facilities at Stenhouse Bay in Innes National Park on a long-term lease.

“South Australia has some of the most unique and beautiful environments in the world but we’re not doing enough to develop nature based tourism offerings,” said Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway.

“That’s why we will begin unlocking our tourism potential by allowing the development of accommodation services in Innes National Park and making it the jewel in the crown of Yorke Peninsula’s tourism offerings.

“A former gypsum mine in the Park will be the site of the development.

“This will drive more tourists into Innes National Park and throughout Yorke Peninsula which will inject millions of dollars into the economy and support much needed regional jobs.”

Liberal candidate for Narungga Fraser Ellis said the initiative was yet another example of why regional South Australia will be best served by the election of a Marshall Liberal Government in March.

“Bringing more tourists into Innes National Park in an environmentally sensitive manner will be a great outcome for Yorke Peninsula,” said Mr Ellis.

“Innes National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Australia and deserves to be enjoyed by more people than is currently the case.

“The former gypsum mine at Stenhouse Bay is the perfect location enabling the development to occur with minimal impact on the environment in a picture postcard setting.

“Following on from our commitment to improved road access to and from Yorke Peninsula this initiative will deliver even more much needed jobs for the local community,” said Mr Ellis.

“Tourism is a globally competitive industry and our unique natural environment is one of our biggest drawcards for international and interstate tourists, especially in the Asian markets of China, Japan and Hong Kong,” said Mr Ridgway.

“That’s why we need to ensure that we have a world class product to attract more big spending tourists and encourage them to stay longer and spend more of their money here in South Australia.

“There are 20 National Parks across our state and aside from a small amount of DEWNR managed accommodation, tourists and locals visiting these parks are only able to camp or caravan.

“We know that only 20 per cent of domestic tourists choose to camp or caravan when on holiday so we are effectively excluding 80 per cent of the market who choose to stay in other types of accommodation like hotels, motels or glamping.

“That equates to around five million domestic tourists who are currently not being catered for in our National Parks and this will help us tap into this massive segment of the market.

“Importantly, all revenue raised through the long-term lease arrangement will be reinvested back into our National Parks to improve environmental outcomes, employ our park rangers and develop further tourism opportunities.”

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