The draft Dudley Peninsula Fire Management Plan covers an area of approximately 394 km2 of parks and reserves located on the Dudley Peninsula, situated at the eastern end of Kangaroo Island (KI).
The reserves located on the peninsula include;
- Baudin Conservation Park (310 ha)
- Cape Willoughby Conservation Park (18 ha)
- Dudley Conservation Park (1,768 ha)
- Lashmar Conservation Park (359 ha)
- Lesueur Conservation Park (1,409 ha)
- Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park (449 ha)
- Simpson Conservation Park (977 ha)
Additionally, approximately 481 ha of Crown land owned by or under the care and control of the Minister for Environment and Water has been included, totalling an area of 5,290 ha covered by this fire management plan.
Dudley Peninsula is home to a resident population of 4,611 (ABS 2015), while more than 170,000 state, interstate and international tourists visit the peninsula each year (KI Council 2015). Seasonal visitation sees the number of residents and visitors increase dramatically during summer, over the peak fire season.
Lands adjoining the Dudley Peninsula planning area have a variety of uses including agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, apiculture, tourism, commerce and conservation. Educational facilities and public institutions are located in the nearby residential areas of Penneshaw, Sapphiretown, Brown Beach, and Island Beach.
Tourism and primary production are the two largest economical contributors for the area. The quality of the natural environment on KI is critical in supporting these two industries, which rely on a healthy environment to provide high quality tourism experiences and produce premium food and wine products. Effective land management and fire management, can make significant contributions to maintaining the sustainability of these valued industries.
Appropriate fire regimes and management will help protect the local community, its people, property, valuable cultural assets, and unique natural environment.