Our View (3-10-2018): Region gets busy

THE October long weekend can sometimes mark the start of Yorke Peninsula’s summer.

And with the weather we had on Sunday and Monday, it’s not hard to see why.

The region was buzzing with activities including markets and family fun days, providing plenty of reasons for families and individuals to get out and about.

We’ve now entered the penultimate school holiday period for the year which means Christmas and the long break are just a couple of months away.

It’s not uncommon to see plenty of tourists enjoying our peninsula during this peak time and numbers will continue to swell before they reach their highpoint at the same time as summer temperatures.

According to new National Visitor Survey figures, 69 per cent of visitors in 2016-17 were intrastate drivers staying overnight.

This isn’t a new idea, it’s been a key marketing point for YP for many years — our close proximity to metro areas make the trip relatively simple, barring any big traffic incidents.

By all reports this long weekend the traffic was quite good and drivers were well-behaved.

It’s been said many times and many ways before but the region needs a strong tourist season to bolster its economy.

It’s great to see our jetties full of fishers, taking catches which meet size restrictions, our businesses busy and our beaches full.

We should welcome this activity including the occasional slight delays and inconveniences additional people add to our local infrastructure.

This is not to say the peninsula is quiet during all other times of the year, it’s definitely not. But it’s unlikely there’s such an influx at one time, bar a festival or big regional event.

And events are things of which we have plenty.

Copper Coast will host some of the nation’s best cyclists in the now-annual Copper Coast Cup this weekend and, in two weeks, top senior bowlers will be competing for glory.

There’s a lot going on and it will continue to get busier, which can only be a good thing.

 

Put your clocks forward

SOUTH Australians should move their clocks forward one hour from 2am to 3am on Sunday, October 7, for the start of daylight saving.
Australian Central Daylight Time will remain in force until 3am, Sunday, April 7.

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