Bundaleer Reservoir now open for anglers to cast a line

Date posted: 16 October 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Geoff Brock MP

Minister for Regional Development

Bundaleer Reservoir in the state’s Mid North is now open for shore-based recreational fishers to reel in rainbow and brown trout, Murray cod, and golden and silver perch.
 
As well as being stocked with more than 40,000 fish, the area has received an infrastructure upgrade including toilet facilities and a new car park, tables and park benches, signage and fencing.
 
Bundaleer is among the SA Water offline reservoirs that have been granted recreational fishing access in South Australia since 2010, giving the state’s approximately 277,000 recreational fishers more options to get out and cast a line.
 
Background
 
In 2014, the State Government announced $3.25 million to encourage recreational fishing in South Australia, including the $400,000 Reservoir Fishing Access Project to build infrastructure associated with opening up offline reservoirs.
 
The Reservoir Fishing Access Project granted $72,600 and the Australian Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme granted $20,000 to the Northern Areas Council for minor infrastructure improvements to support fishing access at Bundaleer Reservoir.
 
RecFish SA was also granted $45,000 from the SA Recreational Fishing Grants Programme to stock the Bundaleer Reservoir with native fish and trout.
 
A permit from RecFish SA to access the Bundaleer Reservoir and fish can be purchased online.

For more information visit the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) website

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter
 
It’s fantastic to see the first SA Water offline reservoir opened up to recreational fishing in years in time for the warmer weather.
 
Now that the shorelines of Bundaleer Reservoir have been opened for recreational fishing, people can visit to cast a line and have a comfortable fishing experience thanks to upgraded amenities.
 
Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock
 
Approximately 277,000 South Australians enjoy wetting a line, and it’s a great contributor to regional tourism in our state.
 
The creation of prime recreational fishing locations such as the Bundaleer Reservoir will further grow this important driver of tourism and promote outdoor activity in the region.
 
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
 
Recreational fishing is a much-loved pastime in South Australia and opening new fishing opportunities at Bundaleer Reservoir is excellent news for the whole community.
 
The State Government has provided an additional $3.25 million for recreational fishing initiatives including an artificial reef trial, a small grants scheme, and improved access to reservoirs for fishing.
 
Quotes attributable to Northern Areas Council Chief Executive Officer Colin Byles
 
It’s exciting for the region to be able to establish the Bundaleer Reservoir as an area for recreational fishing, attract more visitors to the area and encourage them to stay a little longer.
 
It will complement existing fresh water fishing established at the nearby Broughton River, and a spot of fishing could add a nice stop-over for those making a trip to the Flinders Ranges.
 
Quotes attributable to RecFish SA Executive Officer Danny Simpson
 
The Bundaleer Reservoir opening is a great first step in creating a number of new destinations for recreational fishing.
 
Stocking the Bundaleer with attractive fish such as the trout, Murray cod, golden and silver perch opens up a wonderful safe and family friendly opportunity for recreational fishers.

Our stocking program is essential to deliver new and rewarding experiences for local and visiting fishers for years to come.