Council has secured $20,000 of State Government funding to develop a masterplan and early works program for the Warren Reservoir, with the long-term aim to improve recreational opportunities in and around the Reservoir.
“We are pleased to receive this funding which will kick start our long term vision to develop the Reservoir into an attraction that will deliver enhanced recreational opportunities for people of all abilities,” said Mayor Bob Sloane.
“Council has been working behind the scenes for some time to make this a reality. The potential opportunities this project represents were realised many years ago, and Council and its elected members have been keeping the project on the radar by working with key stakeholders, including RDA Barossa, Rec Fish SA and the State Government.
"The Warren Reservoir projects is about creating greater opportunities for recreational fishing which will deliver significant social, recreational and economic benefits and increase the average spend of tourist dollars in the Barossa region.
“Council is committed to diversifying the region’s economic base by promoting eco-tourism and opening the Warren Reservoir for recreational use.
“The fact that we are the first beneficiary Council to receive this type of funding really highlights how progressive we are and our commitment to further expanding tourism opportunities for our region.”
Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter , while announcing the funding, said the proposal for the Warren Reservoir was the first Council project to secure funding, essentially making this a ‘Lighthouse Project’.
"Access to the Warren Reservoir for recreational fishers is already approved, and this funding will enable further planning and the start of works to improve facilities.
“This is a great result for locals and tourists, and a Council that wants to improve existing facilities and establish a sustainable recreational fishery.”
Celebrating the funding announcement at the Warren Reservoir are Ivan Venning, Ian Fitzgerald (Rec Fish SA); Cr Michael (Bim) Lange; Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter; The Barossa Council Deputy Mayor David de Vries; Cr Michael Seager; The Barossa Council Director Works and Engineering, Peter Bice; The Barossa Council Director, Corporate and Community Services, Jo Thomas and Member for Schubert, Stephan Knoll MP.