Community shapes expanded recreational access at reservoirs

SA Water say the Barossa community voiced a strong and positive response for expanded exercise-based activities at two regional reservoirs. Photo: Supplied
SA Water say the Barossa community voiced a strong and positive response for expanded exercise-based activities at two regional reservoirs. Photo: Supplied

Public comment made on changes to both South Para and Warren reservoirs in Barossa's south has proved valuable.

More than 70 people attended sessions in both May and September to hear firsthand and share comments about the opening of the reservoirs for new or expanded recreational activities.

The drop in sessions were run at the Williamstown Soldiers Memorial Hall.

SA Water's customers, strategy and innovation general manager Anna Jackson shared that through a recent second round of sessions, they could demonstrate how feedback shaped the activities being available at these sites within months.

"We've had a positive response to expanding activities like bush walking, bike riding and kayaking, and we'll be preparing the reservoirs for these activities over the coming months by creating more car parking, picnic and other visitor amenities at South Para and improved signage, fencing and water access at Warren (reservoirs)," she said.

"There is clear interest for more natural spaces for people to explore, and plans are also underway to create a trail network connecting the reservoirs to nearby conservation parks, forestry land and Williamstown," she added.

With a combined storage capacity of more than 49 billion litres, both reservoirs are vital in delivering water to thousands of customers in the Barossa and northern Adelaide region.

For more information on recreational access at reservoirs, visit www.reservoirs.sa.gov.au.