Survey launched on future Coorong infrastructure projects

Have your say: Project Coorong representatives (pictured) are seeking further public input on future infrastructure projects for the Coorong.
Have your say: Project Coorong representatives (pictured) are seeking further public input on future infrastructure projects for the Coorong.

Members of the Coorong community are once again being encouraged to get involved as part of a consultation program regarding infrastructure upgrades to the iconic lagoon system.

Earlier this week, the state government launched a survey which highlights potential, future infrastructure works, including an 'options guide.'

The guide and survey are the next step as part of the ongoing Project Coorong, which aims to assess a range of long-term management solutions to improve the health of the Coorong, with a focus on the Coorong South Lagoon.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said recent stakeholder consultation has identified a number of infrastructure and management options to potentially improve the management and health of the Coorong.

"The next step is to shortlist, so we've listed the identified options in a guide which we are now providing to stakeholders to seek further input and narrow the options down," said Mr Speirs.

"It is important we build an understanding of the social, economic and cultural needs and values of locals and the broader South Australian community.

"Once we have our final shortlist we will then undertake detailed investigation of those options over the next 12 to 18 months."

Minister Speirs said analysing all the proposed infrastructure options in a robust and systematic way will help to ensure that the final selected option will best meet needs of the Coorong and the local community into the future.

"Maintaining the long-term ecological health and resilience of the Coorong may not be achievable through better knowledge and improved water use alone," said Mr Speirs.

"There is growing acceptance that additional management options may be required, particularly in the face of a changing climate. The community has an interest in the Coorong and has shown its commitment to working with government to find long-term solutions for this highly valued ecosystem.

"The options outlined in the guide will feel familiar to many people and I want to acknowledge and recognise the community's role in shaping them so far. I look forward to hearing their views on the final shortlist."

A series of webinars will also be held as part of this next stage of consultation.

Further details are available via the Department for Environment and Water's website.

To access the survey, visit: surveymonkey.com/r/OptionsAssessprefeas