SA Government to consider opening Middle River Reservoir to recreation

KI WALKERS: The Kangaroo Island walking group received permission from SA Water to visit Middle River Reservoir.
KI WALKERS: The Kangaroo Island walking group received permission from SA Water to visit Middle River Reservoir.

The SA Government is working to progressively open up and expand recreational activities at reservoirs across South Australia.

A task force is investigating all reservoirs, including Middle River Reservoir on Kangaroo Island, and the issues surrounding them for recreation and maintaining water safety.

The opening of reservoirs is an exciting project that will create new places for people to enjoy the outdoors and will be carried out with great care to prevent any impacts on the security of South Australia’s drinking water supply, a spokesperson for the Department for Environment and Water said. 

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The opening of reservoirs will be undertaken in a staged approach.

As each reservoir is considered communities will be invited to have their say.

People are encouraged to visit www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/reservoirs  to submit their early thoughts and ideas as well as to express their support or concerns.

This early feedback gathered will be used to inform the project as it develops.

SA Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone flagged the new reservoir policy at his visit to Kangaroo Island to discuss the 2018-2019 budget.

DAM BUILDING:  Middle River Reservoir dam wall under construction in July 1967. Photo courtesy of SA Water.

DAM BUILDING: Middle River Reservoir dam wall under construction in July 1967. Photo courtesy of SA Water.

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