Improving Cuttlefish access & visitor experience plans

Whyalla News.  22 November 2016

Whyalla’s growing tourism industry has received a boost after receiving an Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program grant of $85,000 from the state government.

The funds will be used to upgrading visitor facilities at the cuttlefish aggregation area around Point Lowly and Black Point.

The Giant Australian Cuttlefish is iconic to Whyalla, and its surrounding waters are each year home to the largest aggregation in the world of these creatures, providing a tourism experience unrivalled in Australia.

Overseen by Whyalla City Council, the $205,000 project will enhance the tourism offering in the city, giving better access to the cuttlefish viewing area for divers, snorkelers and nondivers alike.

Road upgrades and a new car park will allow a wider range of vehicles, including coaches, to access the site, while weather protection, seating and interpretive signage will improve visitors’ experience.

The project has also received $40,000 support from Port Bonython Fuels Pty Ltd to progress the upgrade.

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the grant would help to grow cuttlefish tourism and promote Whyalla as a tourism destination.

“This project will enhance the economic value of tourism, support and diversify the economy and create opportunities for new ventures and tour operators in Whyalla and surrounds,” he said.

“Retail and hospitality, transport and accommodation sectors will all benefit directly through increased economic activity within Whyalla’s visitor economy.

“Thirteen construction jobs, using many local contractors, will be created as a result of this project.

“State, local and regional development agencies have clearly identified tourism as critical to the economic future of Whyalla and surrounding areas.”

Mayor Lyn Breuer said council had recognised the need to develop the visitor economy and the significance of the Cuttlefish to Whyalla and South Australia.

“Council has extensively consulted with current users of the area, and with the broader diving community, to ensure what we’re developing will suit their needs,” she said.

“We are very grateful to the State Government for backing our vision with this grant.”

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