This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 26 February to 29 March 2021. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.
The Eyre Peninsula landscape region covers an area of 80,000 square kilometres. It extends from Whyalla in the east, along the Gawler Ranges in the north, to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain in the west. The region includes over 3,000 kilometres of coastline spanning from the upper Spencer Gulf to the Great Australian Bight, including 182 offshore islands.
In July 2020, a new way of managing South Australian landscapes was welcomed with the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 replacing the former Natural Resources Management Act 2004. Given this change, and the appointment of the new Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, we updated our previous plan to a new Regional Landscape Plan for the Eyre Peninsula.
We built on previous community engagement that had recently concluded, and re-mapped all of the original priorities identified by our community to align with the new legislation. This approach was unanimously supported by the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association.
Our previous planning approach started with us developing an understanding of what the community valued on the Eyre Peninsula, and identifying opportunities to protect and enhance those valued features.
To capture the different subtleties across the region’s landscapes, the region was divided into 5 subregions based on areas of similar landscape and land uses, with regional descriptions developed for each subregion:
Central Eyre (includes Cowell, Cleve, Kimba, Wudinna and Lock)
Far West (includes Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Minnipa, Venus Bay and Smoky Bay)
Southern (includes Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay, Cummins and Coffin Bay)
Musgrave (includes the towns of Elliston and Lock)
We undertook additional community engagement to refine these subregional descriptions. We identified the systems that influence the subregions and their challenges, with opportunities to address these challenges captured.
These subregional descriptions have been retained and highlight what the community valued most from a landscape, livelihood and lifestyle perspective. You can read the refined subregional descriptions on the Supporting documents page.
We used the outcome of this earlier consultation to inform the new plan, with extreme care taken to retain the essence of what our community values most.