South Australian landholders are encouraged to have their say on a draft Heritage Agreement policy which aims to provide support and encourage protection of native vegetation on private land.
A Heritage Agreement is a conservation area on private land, established between the landholder and the State Government which contributes to protecting or restoring indigenous biodiversity.
They ensure private properties are actively protected and enhanced to improve biodiversity outcomes for South Australia.
A/Manager Native Vegetation Adam Schutz said Heritage Agreements play an important role in improving biodiversity, protecting important bushland and achieving conservation outcomes that not only benefit the landholders but the state as a whole.
“The review will seek to clarify the intention of Heritage Agreement areas and what they can be used for,” Adam said.
Developed by the Native Vegetation Council, the draft policy streamlines and clarifies the decision-making processes for new Heritage Agreements, variations to existing Heritage Agreements and other actions relevant to the management and use of these areas.
“Since they were introduced in 1980, Heritage Agreements have been helping protect and restore important native bushland across South Australia and the ecosystems that depend on them,” Adam said.
“Many unique features are found within privately owned land and can often form part of an important wildlife corridor, provide an extension to national or conservation parks, or help establish private sanctuaries.”
Consultation closes on 16 December 2022. To view the draft policy and provide feedback visit: https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/heritage_agreement_policy