The state’s national parks took a beating in September’s storms – but the 2017-18 State Budget provides some respite. The State Government is investing $14.6 million to repair storm damage in national parks – damage that included flooding and landslides. Significant damage was inflicted on roads, trails, fire tracks, fences, bridges, signage, creeks, seawalls and buildings.
The majority of the repairs are already being undertaken to ensure park visitors can benefit as soon as possible from the full park experience. The funding will help to ensure public safety and restore fire management capability, and will also create 100 jobs as the works are carried out.
In addition to the national park repairs, a new $600,000 sea wall will be built at Wyomi Beach near Kingston SE.
Environment Minister Ian Hunter said he was keen to see the works completed as soon as possible.
“South Australians love to use our national parks but have been hampered in some areas by damage caused by flooding, water erosion, landslides, and falling trees after the September storms,” he said.
“We are already at work repairing damage and rebuilding destroyed structures within our treasured national parks so that we can all get out and use the trails, bridges, and boardwalks safely.”