Eyre Peninsula: Added Protection and Eco-Tourism Project

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Efforts to safeguard the near-pristine Eyre Peninsula in South Australia (Ecos 149, p. 18) saw two notable developments in recent months.

In a move welcomed by conservation groups, the state government bought 10 parcels of land on the peninsula to help protect rare and endangered wildlife, including the white-bellied sea eagle, osprey and Australian sea lion.

The new coastal conservation areas between Cape Blanche and Slade Point and sand dunes on the northern side of Searcy Bay will add 1400 hectares to the existing parks and reserves between Streaky Bay and Venus Bay.

The state's Environment and Conservation Minister, Jay Weatherill, said protecting key areas 'will encourage sustainable tourism and appropriate coastal management'.

As well as purchasing freehold land, the government announced it will allocate Crown Land to augment the existing parks and reserves system. For example, land surrounding Baird Bay will be joined to the Baird Bay Islands Conservation Park to form a Baird Bay Conservation Park.

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The Department for Environment and Heritage will also open an office in Streaky Bay and appoint a District Ranger to oversee the conservation areas. …