Candidates answer your questions

Eddie Hughes - Labor candidate for the seat Giles:

"I will continue to lobby for the reinstatement of the coastal road between Whyalla and Port Augusta"

Eddie Hughes

"If elected what will you do to increase tourism opportunities in the region?"

In order to assist with increasing tourist numbers visiting our region I will work with tourism operators and the various publicly funded organisations at a state, local and regional economic development level.

A number of thought through initiatives to increase tourist numbers requires, at times, some public financial support so assisting with lobbying to get funding is needed.

Many of the tourists that visit Whyalla and surrounding areas are passing through so effort aimed at encouraging people to stay longer is worthwhile.

A number of those people passing through often stay for an extended period at locations along our northern coastline.

Recognition of the value of our northern coastline and its potential from a tourism point of view (and a Whyalla lifestyle perspective) is essential.

I will continue to lobby for the reinstatement of the coastal road between Whyalla and Port Augusta as it is the one initiative that could have a major impact on tourism visitation.

Opening up the Upper Spencer Gulf with a coastal scenic road would be a marketer's dream with our unique marine environment and views across the Gulf to the Flinders Ranges.

Snapper fishing continues to attract people from around the country to Whyalla.

We need to ensure the resource is managed conservatively so that we can continue to attract people while also ensuring our kids have an opportunity to catch fish in the future.

Event promotion aimed at making Whyalla an interesting place to live and attracting people to visit has value.

Support for making Whyalla more visually appealing is good for those of us that live here but it also has a positive impact on tourist perceptions.

Bernadette Abraham- Liberal candidate for the seat of Giles:

"A genuine tourism campaign would get visitors to the outback with real support from the SA Tourism Commission and assistance to local tourism operators to get their product to the marketplace"

Bernadette Abraham

A Marshall Liberal government will prioritise outback and regional tourism.

South Australia’s outback is unique, and no more so than around Whyalla where the outback meets the sea – literally.

The Labor government has progressively reduced assistance to regional tourism in SA. 

The SA Tourism Commission once employed an officer in each of the state’s 12 tourism regions. 

Now there are none. 

Labor spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads promoting Adelaide and these ads were broadcast in Adelaide itself, clearly a complete waste of money. 

Meanwhile, tourism signs in the outback are falling apart.

We will refresh these across the regions.

A genuine tourism campaign would get visitors to the outback with real support from the SA Tourism Commission and assistance to local tourism operators to get their product to the marketplace. 

We will work with Visitor Information Centres and councils to actively promote outback tourism.

Instead, the Labor government has given $35,000 to a Victorian company which is in direct competition with outback air charter companies right here in South Australia.

A Marshall Liberal government will support our regions by refunding the RDA offices and commit $9 million of funding to the seven RDAs over the forward estimates.

Alison Sentance - Greens candidate for the seat of Giles :

"Protecting the Point Lowly Peninsula from industrial pollution is also high on our list of priorities"

Alison Sentance

Whyalla is a resilient community that has weathered various economic storms over many years.  

Tourism in the city and surrounding areas provides a great opportunity to diversify the employment base and attract interstate and overseas visitors.

The Greens believe that there is great potential to further develop tourism around the natural beauty of the area “where the outback meets the sea.” 

By capitalising on both natural and industrial heritage, Whyalla can be a great tourism destination in its own right as well as an important gateway to other regions.

The Giant Australian Cuttlefish provide an exceptional opportunity for eco-tourism, however the species is in sharp decline and we must do everything we possibly can to arrest the reduction in numbers and build up the population.  

Developing sensitive tourist infrastructure at key locations on the Point Lowly Peninsula is a priority to ensure that divers have the best possible experience.

Protecting the Point Lowly Peninsula from industrial pollution is also high on our list of priorities.  

The further industrialisation of this part of the coast may be counterproductive to tourism. 

The Greens will also support increased funding to the Maritime Museum as well as promoting the rich Aboriginal culture of the region, particularly in the arts. 

Local sport is the lifeblood of local communities and the Greens would love to see more state and national level competition in Whyalla that would drive the improvement of community facilities and draw visitors from across Australia.Whyalla is a resilient community that has weathered various economic storms over many years.  

Tourism in the city and surrounding areas provides a great opportunity to diversify the employment base and attract interstate and overseas visitors.

The Greens believe that there is great potential to further develop tourism around the natural beauty of the area “where the outback meets the sea.” 

By capitalising on both natural and industrial heritage, Whyalla can be a great tourism destination in its own right as well as an important gateway to other regions.

The Giant Australian Cuttlefish provide an exceptional opportunity for eco-tourism, however the species is in sharp decline and we must do everything we possibly can to arrest the reduction in numbers and build up the population.  

Developing sensitive tourist infrastructure at key locations on the Point Lowly Peninsula is a priority to ensure that divers have the best possible experience.

Protecting the Point Lowly Peninsula from industrial pollution is also high on our list of priorities.  

The further industrialisation of this part of the coast may be counterproductive to tourism. 

The Greens will also support increased funding to the Maritime Museum as well as promoting the rich Aboriginal culture of the region, particularly in the arts. 

Local sport is the lifeblood of local communities and the Greens would love to see more state and national level competition in Whyalla that would drive the improvement of community facilities and draw visitors from across Australia.

Cheryl Kaminski - Family First candidate for the seat of Giles :

"Tourism funding has been controlled by Adelaide and this needs to change"

Cheryl Kaminiski

The Giles electorate has a fantastic diverse range of tourism opportunities, and it takes a comprehensive approach to promote tourism here.

First of all, Family First have been calling for a full restructure of tourism arrangements across South Australia.  

As is often the case with Labor governments, they have put all their focus into centralising the tourism promotion arrangements, not empowering local bodies to promote tourism in their region.  Tourism funding has been controlled by Adelaide and this needs to change.  

Secondly, there have been successful tourism advertising campaigns for Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu, the Riverland and the Barossa.  

It is now time for the SA outback regions to be promoted.  

Yet again, this is the problem with the Labor centralisation mantra and the marginal seats focus in Adelaide - putting all the money, even money they don't have, into promoting Adelaide and not our fantastic regions.  

I am therefore not optimistic there will be a budget there for an SA outback promotion campaign if there is a re-elected Labor government.

Thirdly and briefly, Family First are opposed to any further increases in fees to enter national parks, or new fees to enter those parks.  

Labor's budget mismanagement has led them to adopt a 'cost recovery' mantra that sees 'user pays' taken to great extremes.  

Charging more to enter our national parks will deter tourists. 

Fourthly and finally, Family First is backing a rebate on the registration of caravans and camper trailers, to promote more ownership and that form of tourism throughout this region.

We have fantastic landscapes and natural attractions, a great redeveloped foreshore in Whyalla and it is our turn to be promoted to the State, national and international market.

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