Innes National Park is located on the south-western tip of the Yorke Peninsula. It was first established in 1970 with further parcels added to the park in later years. The park contains important habitat for fauna species of conservation significance including the western whipbird and mallee fowl. The park also contains a variety of important environments including intertidal systems, dunes, coastal heathlands, mallee woodlands, salinas, and small off-shore islands. The park incorporates the largest remnant of native vegetation on the Yorke Peninsula, attracts over 200,000 visitors each year and is recognised as an important contributor to the regional tourism economy.
The Narungga People have lived on Yorke Peninsula for many thousands of years and they know the land intimately – its physical features, animal and plant life and water resources. The Narungga Nation was made up of four clans: the Kurnara in the north of the peninsula; Windera in the east; Wari in the west; and Dilpa in the south. Today, the Narungga People continue to maintain strong cultural links to the region.
The Innes National Park Management Plan was adopted in 2003. These draft amendments currently proposed are in response to the South Australian Government’s commitment to creating new opportunities for families to retain shacks in the park by expanding the eligibility to maintain a lease in return for upgrading the shack to meet contemporary safety, amenity and environmental standards.