Councils and consultants

Local councils and fire authorities

Local government plays a significant role in retaining, protecting and managing native vegetation. Local councils: own or are directly responsible for large tracts of land, such as parks, reserves and roadsides; grant development approvals; manage environmental risks such as flood and fire; control weeds and pests; run community programs, and; develop or maintain infrastructure and services that impact on native vegetation. 

For local government officers, we provide guidance on the following:

Developers, major projects and mining

Development, exploration, mining and other major projects are active in several parts of South Australia.

To ensure minimal impacts on native vegetation – and to ensure offsetting takes place when clearance is unavoidable – there are regulations in place.

Transport and infrastructure projects operate under Site Operations Plans. And for mines, there is a Guideline for Environmental Management that companies must adhere to.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure provides a range of environmental technical standards and guidelines when planning and building roads, rail and marine infrastructure.

The Department of State Development has developed a new online process to assist companies compiling and submitting programs for environment protection and rehabilitation. 


Contact us

Enquiries should be directed to your local Natural Resources Centre. They can give you general advice and direction.

If you have submitted an application, or are seeking follow up information, please contact DEWNR's Native Vegetation Management Unit on (+61 8) 8303 9777 or