The first edition of the BIASA publication, ‘South Australia’s Waters, an Atlas and Guide’ was released to the Australian recreational boating market in late 2005 and enjoyed phenomenal response, selling out within eighteen months.
A new improved second edition is now available with over 200 maps and charts covering every inch of South Australia’s inland and coastal areas including the River Murray, Lower Lakes and the Coorong.
The BIASA received an enormous level of congratulation on this first edition and valuable feedback was received from the recreational boating industry, from recreational boaties, across Australia and positive comments were received from readers in North America, Great Britain and from Western Europe.
All comments and suggestions received from the 'readership' were gratefully accepted by the BIASA Board and as a result real improvements have been made to this second edition which is again produced in full colour.
Such improvements include a soft cover, more flexible binding arrangements, the introduction of new indexing and referencing systems and the inclusion of nearly forty new maps, all dedicated to around a further seventy boating destinations, in country areas of South Australia.
The Atlas, with over 200 maps and charts at scales of 1:20 000 and 1:50 000 covers every inch of South Australian inland and coastal areas including the River Murray, Lower Lakes and the Coorong.
All the boaties who enjoy the magnificent waterways of South Australia have now got an even more comprehensive and functional guide.
With a coastline stretching around 4,000 kilometres and a vast array of inland waterways, South Australia has a diverse and unique aquatic environment. This environment, coupled with an appealing Mediterranean climate and first class boating facilities, the majority of South Australians are never far from the water – whether along our glorious coastline or inland.
The South Australia's Waters, an Atlas and Guide, provides the South Australian boating community and those visiting South Australia with an authoritative document capturing the State’s entire coastal and inland waterways.
Whether you want to go fishing, sailing, holidaying on a boat or swimming, the new “South Australia's Waters Atlas” will show you how, when and where. This comprehensive atlas presents more than 200 detailed maps of key locations, together with essential tourism, safety and emergency information.
The guide also covers accommodation, diving, activities, ramps, fuel availability and pumpout stations, bait, and recommended environmental practice.
Key NEW features include:
Over 200 A4 detailed, full-colour maps, developed from the State Government's mapping branch using state-of-the-art GIS technology, covering all of SA's coastline, rivers and lakes.
Maps include everything from navigation aids, snags, aquatic reserves, dive sites, wrecks, reefs, bird colonies, as well as relevant land and estuarine features, including topography, ramps, roads, mangroves, towns and railway tracks.
Map scales start at 1:500,000 and move through to 1:50,000 for coastal waters and 1:20,000 for inland waters. The maps cover well over the 500 top recreational boating destinations.
Soft cover for easy use
User friendly spiral binding to provide more flexible access to the maps and charts
The introduction of new indexing and referencing systems
The inclusion of nearly forty new maps, all dedicated to around a further seventy boating destinations, in country areas of South Australia.
The organisation responsible for the coordination of the development of the Atlas is the peak industry body for recreational boating in South Australia, the Boating Industry Association of SA (BIASA), the peak industry body representing Recreational and Light Commercial Boating in South Australia.
BIASA promotes holiday and recreational boating and related marine/riverine activities as safe, environmentally sound and responsible past-times for all members of the community. The economic benefits delivered to the community, by our industry, particularly to regional areas is enormous, valued at over $400 million annually.
The boaties of South Australia, after years of research by BIASA and its partners from both public and private sectors, are now able to get their first complete guide of the magnificent waterways of South Australia.
It is the most comprehensive boating guide of its kind in Australia and provides exceptional maps of the State’s aquatic environment.
With in excess of 55,000 registered recreational motorboats and more than 130,000 licensed boat operators, South Australians enjoy diverse aquatic activities ranging from fishing, sailing, holiday houseboats, charter boats, swimming or engaging in more active pursuits like water skiing, kite surfing or riding personal watercraft.
South Australians have fallen in love with the water and increasing numbers are retiring near the water to enjoy the lifestyle that it offers. Tourists from interstate and overseas recognise that South Australia has an enormous amount to offer the person seeking a holiday near or on the water.
The SA Waters Atlas will be an invaluable resource to all of these persons, and for those just interested in our State and what it has to offer.
This publication will provide hours of enjoyable reading and prompt many to visit the locations described in the Atlas.
In addition, the publication is intended to promote marine safety and provide a greater understanding of the aquatic environment available to all South Australians. Copies of the new Atlas will be available at a retail, GST inclusive price, of $69.95 (plus cost of packaging and posting) from the Boating Industry Association of South Australia.
More information at www.boatingsa.com.au
Issue #2 of this magnificent publication would never have come to fruition without the dedication, passion and hard work of many of BIASA’s friends and associates located in Federal and South Australian Ministries and their Agencies and the offices of Local Government lucky enough to have SA recreational boating waters within their boundaries.
The new publication has been redeveloped and improved and expanded without seeking substantial financial or in-kind support from South Australian Government Agencies. Rather financial contributions were delivered by a much wider range of authorities which have significant interests in the leisure and tourism sectors and in safe, environmentally friendly boating across South Australia:
Such Agencies include the Department of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation, SA Water, Primary Industries and Resources SA, the EPA, Bureau of Meteorology and the ever reliable and supportive Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure and the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Particularly generous financial support was also provided by a number of Local Government Offices in South Australia and these included:
City of Port Lincoln
District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
District Council of Mid-Murray
Rural City of Murray Bridge
District Council of Kangaroo Island,
District Council of Loxton Waikerie
District Council of Alexandrina
District Council of Yankalilla
District Council of Renmark Paringa
City of Victor Harbor
City of Port Lincoln District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council of Mid-Murray Rural City of Murray Bridge District Council of Kangaroo Island, District Council of Loxton Waikerie District Council of Alexandrina District Council of Yankalilla District Council of Renmark Paringa City of Victor Harbor Yorke Peninsula Tourism, with its endless beaches, numerous jetties and excellent modern boating facilities also provided most generous support.
It is clear to the BIASA that 'investments should always be rewarded by dividends' and therefore the