The South Australian Government has a clear commitment to reforming natural resources management – focussing on a back to basics approach that gets the fundamentals right and delivers for local communities across our state.
Following three months of extensive engagement across the state, a consultation report including all community feedback (that was not marked confidential) is now available.
The report (pdf 123 MB) covers 250 written submissions, 26 community forums, 23 engagement sessions and discussions gathered over the past few months outlining key areas of feedback. A report summary and appendices are also available to download here.
Some key aspects of feedback included:
- the need to ensure that our landscapes are climate resilient and support our regional communities, primary producers and economies to thrive
- regional communities want a system of managing natural resources that not only focuses on the basics of delivering effective water management, pest, plant and animal control, soil and land management
- new conservation and nature based sector sought greater support for ecological communities with thriving biodiversity
- regional communities wanting less ‘red tape’ and a greater voice in decision-making, with local Board membership reflecting their communities
- overwhelming support to distribute some levy funding from the metropolitan area to regional South Australia
- strong support across all areas of the state for the continuation of nature education and nature stewardship
- a high level of enthusiasm for the creation of Green Adelaide and its vision for establishing Adelaide as a world renowned water sensitive urban city that’s ecologically vibrant and climate resilient.
The Landscape SA Bill is expected to be introduced into Parliament in early 2019.
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