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The Little Dip Conservation Park, Big Dip Lake and Lake Eliza areas of the Limestone Coast are some of the most beautiful (and last remaining untouched) environmental areas along the South East Coast of South Australia. Their high conservation, biodiversity and heritage values are uniquely surrounded by groundwater-dependant coastal lakes, wetlands and marine habitats.

The development proposers, the Scanlon brothers, privately own a coastal property situated between Robe and Nora Creina township, and which is connected to remnant vegetation from both sides. As outlined in the proposed Nora Creina Golf Course and Tourist Resort Public Environmental Report a staggering 236 ha of fragile Coastal Dunes and 3km of pristine coastline risks being significantly modified by this development.

If the development is allowed to go ahead, the coastal corridor from Nora Creina to Little Dip Conservation Park will be corrupted and fragmented. The existing corridor provides a suitable habitat for a variety of threatened fauna species to and from the Little Dip Conservation Park and links this large remnant to the privately owned Heritage Agreement property to the South.

The development will have a massive impact on the Aboriginal middens that are clearly visible to the naked eye. Even more vulnerable are the recorded and unrecorded sites that lie beneath the ground along the whole coastal strip and would certainly be unearthed during any construction. This area is of cultural and spiritual importance to the Boandik and Meintangk Peoples and is located in a culturally and environmentally sensitive location.

Our Environmental Concerns

  • The proposed development includes a site which is the likely habitat for threatened species of national and local significance.
  • The area’s coastal lakes comprise part of only 6-8% of natural wetlands remaining in the South East of South Australia.
  • The coastal habitat as it currently stands (including, importantly, the primary to tertiary dunes systems) makes it possible for rare species to survive, minimises fragmentation and its highly detrimental impacts, while still preserving what makes the region unique to visitors.
  • Unmodified dunes allow the natural movement of sand, which prevents beach erosion.  Very high costs could arise from the erosion caused by vegetation clearance and dune destabilisation as a result of the proposed construction. Dune instability is a major problem in this region.
  • Increased human habitation and traffic risks potential for disturbance of the peace and serenity of the region and its impact on native species.
  • The close vicinity of the proposed development to the coast is likely to impact the marine environment as a result of water run-off and the potential for damage caused by the use of fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides on the grounds. This is particularly important given the recently declared sanctuary zone near this location.

This ‘Jewel of the South East’ is at severe risk of being compromised. We need to ask the important question of whether the tranquillity and balance, treasured by locals and tourists alike, will also be destroyed.

Read more about the environmental impact of this development.