Premier Steven Marshall has today welcomed visitors to Myponga Reservoir, marking the beginning of new recreational access opportunities at reservoirs and the delivery of another Marshall Liberal Government election commitment.
Myponga’s opening day set a cracking pace with around 200 avid trail runners joining South Australian Olympic marathon runner Jessica Trengove for a social run around the reserve’s new bushland and water view tracks.
Locals and visitors from across the metropolitan region then enjoyed a range of fun and informative nature-based activities like geocaching, kite flying and bird watching sessions hosted by Nature Play SA, as well as guided nature walks, species identification and propagation classes with Trees for Life.
Premier Steven Marshall said seeing visitors enjoy Myponga Reservoir’s new public spaces affirmed the State Government’s commitment to this long-term program.
“Myponga and Fleurieu locals have been joined in force by visitors from across metropolitan Adelaide, who are keen to see and experience these special places and create memories as they enjoy a family friendly day out,” said Premier Marshall.
“There is clear demand for new spaces to get out and enjoy nature, and the breadth of activities on offer will increase as we progressively open up more and more reservoir reserves.
“Just like they’ve done today in Myponga, visitors will also bring their dollars to spend in local businesses and help stimulate and grow our regions.”
Myponga residents and businesses also got behind the opening day, showcasing their products at the weekly Myponga Markets and hosting special events like a classic car tour.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said work to enable new access at other reservoirs was well underway.
“The first stage of opening at Myponga is just the start of a wider program,” said Minister Speirs.
“We’ll be inviting people to enjoy new recreational access at South Para and Warren reservoirs later this year, by launching a kayak or casting a line.
“A variety of experiences will be enabled across the reservoir portfolio as we work to showcase each location’s natural features, complement visitor offerings within the region, and most importantly, protect water quality.”
Myponga Reservoir is now open between 7.30 am and 5.00 pm for visitors to walk, run and cycle around bushland tracks with water views, enjoy picnics, and visit lookouts and viewing platforms to see and photograph wildlife and scenic vistas.
Visit reservoirs.sa.gov.au for more information about Myponga Reservoir Reserve and to learn about the full range of ways to enjoy, explore and preserve reservoirs around the state.