Now Closed

This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 22 February to 19 March 2021. Below is a record of the engagement.


Tell us what you think about Berri Barmera Council’s proposal to install tourism infrastructure on or near to the foreshore of Lake Bonney in Barmera.

What’s being decided?

Berri Barmera Council is seeking authorisations under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) to enable the installation of low-impact tourism infrastructure on or near to the foreshore of Lake Bonney in Barmera, South Australia.

These works are part of Berri Barmera Council’s Lake Bonney Nature and Cultural Tourism Project (Project). 

The application area for the Project includes 8 areas on or near to Lake Bonney’s foreshore:

  • 7 camping/day areas.
  • An area around most of the lake’s perimeter designated for a multiuse trail.

The Project will involve:

  • formalising and upgrading vehicle access tracks, a multiuse trail, campgrounds, car parking and caravan layover areas
  • closing unauthorised tracks
  • installing amenities including fire pits and shelter structures with concrete bases, BBQs and picnic tables
  • installing signage
  • revegetation
  • screen planting
  • placing rocks and timber logs

Bins and a composting-waterless toilet may also be installed as part of the Project, subject to funding and approval.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR), on behalf of the Premier of South Australia, is seeking views from Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal parties with an interest in the application area, on whether the authorisations should be granted.

Undertaking the Project poses the risk of potentially damaging, disturbing or interfering with Aboriginal heritage, so your views are important for the Premier to make a decision.

Get involved

If you are a Traditional Owner or an Aboriginal party with an interest in the application area, read the Consultation Information Package and consider the following questions:

  • Should the authorisations be granted to Berri Barmera Council? Why or why not?
  • If the authorisations are granted, what conditions, if any, should be imposed on them?
  • Are there any other matters that the Premier should be aware of when considering the application?

Have your say by:

  • Calling us on (08) 8226 8900
  • Emailing your feedback to
  • Posting your feedback to:

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation 
GPO Box 2343, ADELAIDE SA 5001

In line with social distancing considerations, AAR won't hold public meetings for this consultation.

AAR will aim to contact Aboriginal parties with a known interest in the application area before the consultation period closes. If you are not contacted, and wish to learn more and/or lodge a submission, you can do so by using one of the above options.

Your feedback will be treated confidentially. Unless specified otherwise, submissions will be provided to Berri Barmera Council and presented to the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (Committee) and the Premier for consideration.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your input will inform the Committee's advice to the Premier on whether the authorisations should be granted.

What are the next steps?

Once the consultation period closes, feedback will be forwarded to the Committee for its review and recommendations.

AAR will collate your and the Committee's feedback and provide these to the Premier in a report to assist him make his decision.

Contact details

If you would like to learn more about the proposal and/or wish to lodge a submission:

  • call AAR on (08) 8226 8900 during business hours (9 am to 5 pm)
  • write to/ email:

Mr Peter Kapiris 
Senior Project Officer (Heritage) 
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation 
Department of the Premier and Cabinet 
GPO Box 2343

Closing date: 11:55 pm, Friday 19 March 2021