Two new conservation parks for SA

Date posted: 22 September 2016

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Environment Minister Ian Hunter has proclaimed two new conservation parks near Monarto, and added more land to three existing conservation parks, taking the total protected area in South Australia to more than 21 million hectares.

The new parks are the 414 hectare Kinchina Conservation Park and the 426 hectare Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park.

The long-term protection of these areas is a high priority because they contain important flora and fauna, and are also valuable community assets for nature-based recreation.

Background

The two new parks at Monarto support high levels of biodiversity, in part created by the now- mature plantings associated with the proposed development of a satellite city at Monarto in the 1970s. Protection of these areas is consistent with the Government’s Conserving Nature 2012-2020 strategy to conserve a range of ecosystems.

The Kinchina Conservation Park – about 5 kilometres west of Murray Bridge – protects grassy woodland communities considered of high conservation significance and provides habitat for a number of birds that are in decline in the Mount Lofty Ranges, including the diamond firetail, Australasian darter and hooded robin.

The Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park extends about 15 kilometres along the South Eastern Freeway from the edge of Murray Bridge west to near Callington, and provides important habitat for more than 60 bird species, five of which are of State conservation significance.

The 32 hectares being added to the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park is located about 12km south of Nuriootpa. The land – purchased for inclusion in the park in June 2014 – has not been grazed for more than 40 years and has grassy woodlands classed as vulnerable in South Australia, and takes the park’s size to 434 hectares.

The 12 hectares of land being added to the Cape Blanche Conservation Park is about 27km south-west of Streaky Bay, within the highly significant Coastlinks conservation area on Eyre Peninsula. Now 822 hectares in size, it supports a number of threatened bird species, including the osprey and the nationally threatened West Coast mintbush.

The 24 hectares being added to the Searcy Bay Conservation Park is about 25 kilometres south of Streaky Bay within the Coastlinks area and takes the park to 892 hectares. It supports important coastline that provides habitat for four shorebird species with conservation significance: the hooded plover, the rock parrot, sanderling and sooty oystercatcher.

The State Government manages more than 340 national and conservation parks, regional and conservation reserves, recreation parks and other protected areas.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

At the 2014 election, we committed to investing an extra $300,000 to increase our system of parks and reserves, and the proclamation of these new parks and additions to three existing parks underlines our commitment to conserving and managing South Australia’s biodiversity.

Since coming into government in 2002 we have added or re-classified to a higher conservation status more than 2.2 million hectares, proclaimed 72 new parks and added land to 81 parks.

I’m very pleased to say that more than one-fifth of the state’s land mass is now dedicated to conservation as parks and reserves.