This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 7 July to 26 July 2020. Below is a record of the engagement.
Have your say on which infrastructure options to improve the Coorong’s long-term health are investigated in detail and considered for implementation.
What’s being decided?
Long-term solutions to support a healthy future for the Coorong are being explored as part of the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Program, and you are invited to have your say on which infrastructure options are progressed to detailed feasibility investigations.
Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin’s Coorong Infrastructure Investigations Project has identified a range of infrastructure options that could improve the Coorong’s long-term health.
While some of the infrastructure options were explored in the past, they are being re-investigated based on additional scientific research, community feedback, and information that will be gathered through new trials and investigations.
Engineering consultancy, Tonkin, have undertaken a technical review of previously investigated options. These ideas, along with new ideas put forward by the community, are summarised in the Towards a Healthy Coorong deliberative guide.
The next step is to narrow these options down and short-list the infrastructure options for detailed feasibility investigations based on which provide the greatest benefit to the Coorong, particularly the southern lagoon, and address the environmental, social and cultural criteria identified by scientific experts, First Nations and the community.
The main criterium for assessing these options is:
- they contribute to improving the ecology of the South Lagoon as determined by scientific evidence, given water availability and constraints.
Other assessment criteria to consider are whether the options:
- protect sites and areas of all cultural, Indigenous and broader community significance
- provide a long-term solution that can be sustainably managed
- reflect the needs of the community
- grow/support local economic opportunities and education now and into the future
- enable continued and enhanced use of the wetland in a sustainable manner
- are able to be adaptable, flexible and are aesthetically sensitive.
You can help short-list which projects are investigated in detail by considering the following resources:
- Towards a Healthy Coorong deliberative guide, providing information about each option being considered
- The assessment criteria, outlining what the infrastructure must or must not do to be considered an appropriate solution
- Desired State of the Southern Coorong discussing scientific knowledge of the southern Coorong and describing what we think ‘a healthy Coorong’ looks like.
To have your say:
- join the online discussion
- complete the online survey
- join in one of our webinars
- join in one of our community workshops
- email your feedback to email@example.com
Please note: Your submissions and survey responses may be made publicly available unless you indicate on the submission or survey that you wish for these to remain confidential. Any responses that are made on a confidential basis may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.
How can your input influence the decision?
Your input will help identify which of the infrastructure options will progress to detailed feasibility investigations and be considered for implementation.
What are the next steps?
This is the first step of a 1-2 year in-depth consideration across three distinct stages:
- Identify and shortlist options (to mid-late 2020)
- Detailed feasibility investigations of shortlisted options (to mid-late 2021)
- Develop business case/s for funding from the Australian Government for feasible options (to late 2021/early 2022)
First Nations, local communities and the broader South Australian communities will have the opportunity to help shape each of these stages.
Feasible long-term options for improving the Coorong’s health will be delivered in the next phase of the project, from 2022 to 2024.
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