Primary producers, conservationists and local councillors are among the 25 new members and 40 current members appointed to South Australia’s landscape boards.
A total of 95 applications were received from across the state for the eight regional boards responsible for managing landscapes.
Landscape board elections were scheduled for November 2022 but were cancelled after several organisations approached the Government with concerns.
The Local Government Association and the Electoral Commission of South Australia, along with primary producer and environmental groups and the boards themselves, all raised concerns about the timing of the elections.
Instead, a robust and transparent process, which included a call for nominations, was undertaken between 22 August and 30 September and the minister directly appointed board members based on their skills, knowledge and experience.
Landscape boards play a vital role providing strategic leadership for their region’s landscape management priorities with a focus on land, water, pests and biodiversity.
Under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019, provisions exist for the election of three of the seven members of each board.