Busy tourist season offers economic boost

Tourism season is upon us again.

The town is buzzing, it’s even hard to find a spare park in the main street.

We constantly have to remind our residents how good this is for the economy of our town.

They get it but are a little spoilt with wide streets, great parking and easy access to all shops and amenities.

Each year, across Eyre Peninsula and in Cowell, our tourism numbers are increasing.

Cowell is blessed with a wonderful harbour, which each summer is loaded with crabs.

The boat ramp is super busy with 80 to 100 boats launching each day.

The Franklin Harbour District Council has just completed a third boat lane at the ramp with a floating pontoon to ease congestion of boats, which is another great asset for the community.

Everyone benefits in the town, whether it be the two caravan parks, cabin park or holiday rentals, roadhouse, two hotels, butcher, IGA, hardware, two cafes, newsagency or garages.

Also people stay and buy houses and shacks in Cowell, Lucky Bay or Port Gibbon.

One agent reported he had sold five properties in the last short while.

Franklin Harbour District Council also has fully serviced blocks at Port Gibbon still for sale from $30,000, another one of which was sold this week.

The Lions Recreational Vehicle Park just outside of town has been busy as most the spaces in the caravan park have gone.

The Franklin Harbour District Council has lots of other little caravanning secrets mainly out along the coast toward Port Gibbon but this year, we have also opened up sites out at Payne’s Weir, which are in spectacular bush settings.

Camping is also possible out at Lucky Bay.

So when we complain about having to drive up and down the streets trying to find a park, we have to remember how it is good for the economy of the town.

The Cowell Visitor Information Centre is located at the Franklin Harbour Institute at 4 Main Street, and is open seven days a week from 10am to 3pm.

For any further information please contact the Franklin Harbour District Council office on 8629 2019.

Robert Starr

Franklin Harbour District Council mayor