Eyre Peninsula

nullThe Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Region covers a significant area of the State including the western Spencer Gulf and the City of Whyalla.

The region stretches across the southern boundaries of the Gawler Ranges, west of Ceduna to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain and south to Port Lincoln.

The surrounding coastal and marine environments are included as are offshore islands.

The region covers an area of over 80,000 square kilometres (km2) (including marine areas) and supports a population of about 55,000 people.

Significant areas of native vegetation cover remain (approximately 2,187,560 hectares (ha), or 45% of the pre-European extent, of which 44% is protected) and contain important mallee habitat, several woodland communities, a high number of endemic fauna and flora species, and a number of rare, threatened or endangered flora and fauna.

The region features unique fresh and saline wetlands, and a long and relatively undisturbed coastline (1800 km) with important adjacent marine habitats. Only one significant surface water catchment (the Tod River) has been used for water storage. Thus groundwater plays a vital role. The major groundwater basins are within the Southern Basins Prescribed Wells Area and the Musgrave Prescribed Wells Area. Localised groundwater lenses provide limited quantity and varying quality of water throughout the peninsula.

The contribution to the Stateís economy by the Eyre Peninsula region is significant. The economic industries of Eyre Peninsula are based on agriculture (traditionally grain and wool), seafood (fishing and aquaculture), tourism and mineral resources. The regionís future economic wellbeing is reliant on a well managed and sustainable suite of natural resources.

(Source- Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board)

Key external links for further information

 Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula Region - Development Assistance

 Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management Board - Water Allocation Plan/Rules

PIRSA Food - Regional Food Industry Scorecards

 Bureau of Meteorology - Climate data

 Business SA - Easy Data (Regional Social, Economic and Environmental Indicators)