Nature-based Tourism:
New Business Opportunities

2017-18
Stage Two: Request for Proposal

Request for Proposal

Proponents who were successful during the Expression of Interest process have now been invited to participate in stage two through a Request for Proposal process.

Download the Request for Proposal brochure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fact sheets with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed to assist you in preparing your proposal to operate a business in a National Park.

FAQs - Doing Business in Parks SA

FAQs - Doing Business in Botanic Gardens

Best Practice Guidelines

To give your proposal the best chance of success, it is important that you consider the relevant legislative, regulatory and planning approvals required. The pathway for planning and approval may differ between each opportunity and to help you navigate the pathways, the following information is provided in the interests of the proponents.

Aboriginal Heritage

Sites of significance according to Aboriginal tradition and sites significant to Aboriginal archaeology, anthropology and history are protected in South Australia by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988. Further information about the protection of Aboriginal heritage is available at https://statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/aboriginal-affairs/aboriginal-affairs-and-reconciliation/aboriginal-heritage.

Native Title

Native title may exist over some sites. Where native title exists the South Australian government and proponents will have responsibilities under the Native Title Act 1993. Further information is available at: https://www.nativetitlesa.org/about/native-title-in-south-australia.

Park Management

In South Australia, the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 provides for the protection and enjoyment of parks. In addition, the National Parks and Wildlife (National Parks) Regulations preclude or constrain certain activities in parks. Further information about permitted activities in each park is available at: www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks.

Regulations relating to fire apply and Park Management Plans are available at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/park-management.

Development approval

Depending on the nature of your proposal, development approval may be required. Development plans place controls on certain types of development and are available at: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/planning-and-property/development-plans

Native Vegetation

The Native Vegetation Act 1991 and the Native Vegetation Regulations 2017 have been established in South Australia to protect native vegetation. If you are considering developing a proposal that involves the clearance of native vegetation, you should consult the Native Vegetation Council so that you are aware of the requirements under the Native Vegetation Act 1991 and its Regulations. These requirements may include the provision of a Significant Environmental Benefit. Note that ‘clearance’ means any activity that could cause any substantial damage to native plants, including cutting down and removing plants, burning, poisoning, slashing of understorey, removal or trimming of branches, severing roots, drainage and reclamation of wetlands, and in some circumstances grazing by animals. For further information contact the Native Vegetation Council on telephone 8303 9777 or visit: www.nvc.sa.gov.au.

Heritage Sites

The state heritage values of a site are managed under the Heritage Places Act 1993. Heritage values may be historic, social, aesthetic or scientific in nature and contribute to an understanding of identified heritage values. Compatible, adaptive reuse proposals are encouraged, but are subject to development approval in accordance with the Development Act 1993. Further information is available at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/our-places/heritage/conserving-our-heritage.