Naracoorte Lucindale Council proposes Naracoorte Caves connections

The community has been urged to give feedback on ways to create greater connections between Naracoorte and its world heritage listed caves.

Naracoorte Lucindale Council is hoping community members will have their say on the Caves Connection Project that outlines ideas for the next 10 years.

Mayor Erika Vickery is happy that people are already coming forward to review, offer opinions and add their own ides to the draft concept statement.

“It’s so pleasing for council to have a group of dedicated and passionate locals come forward to generate ideas for our district,” Mrs Vickery said. “We’re committed to seeing these proposals come to life.”

A cycle and walking trial between Naracoorte and the national, a life-sized Diprotodon in the Naracoorte town centre and business prospectus are some of the proposals in the concept statement. 

The concept statement’s objective is to spark actions to increase the economic and community benefit to Naracoorte through increased visitation, encouraging new infrastructure, new and expanding businesses and jobs.

Caves Connection Project Group chair Patrick Ross said: “the proposals have been developed so that they range from short-term and inexpensive, to longer term major investments.

“This approach will ensure that we can start small, build on our successes and bring long-term opportunities for Naracoorte’s visitor economy,” Mr Ross said. 

The Caves Connection Project has brought together a group of local business and community leaders to propose new ideas for leveraging greater value from the state’s only world heritage listed site.

Project group member Dr Liz Reed said she was proud to be part of a community-led project that has generated brilliant ideas.

“We are at the forefront of bringing together business, tourism and science to develop Naracoorte into a unique visitor destination,” Dr Reed said.

The University of Adelaide paleontologist believes Naracoorte are leading the way with the project.

The concept statement will be formally presented to council in May. A copy is available at the council office or online at www.yoursay.naracoortelucindale.sa.gov.au/NaracoorteCavesConnection

Consultations can be by post or by email to council@nlc.sa.gov.au, Consultation closes on April 14.