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Natural resources management

Our natural resources underpin our communities, our economy, our wellbeing and our way of life, and we all have responsibility to be stewards of our precious natural assets.

The department works in partnership with the eight natural resources management boards to help South Australians manage the state’s natural resources.

Changing NRM in South Australia

The South Australian Government is reforming natural resources management.

The Landscape South Australia Act 2019 will replace the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, which will enable the establishment of new regional landscape boards and reform natural resource management in South Australia.

The new Act was assented to by the Governor of South Australia on Thursday 21 November 2019. 

Over the coming months, work will shift towards supporting the government to implement the new Act, which will see NRM boards being replaced by eight new regional landscape boards and a new metropolitan landscape board, Green Adelaide.

Until the new Act comes into full operation, NRM boards will continue to deliver NRM services to regional communities. 

The new legislation will establish a framework for how we manage our state’s natural resources based on:

  • decentralised decision-making
  • a simple and accessible system
  • a whole-of-landscape approach
  • keeping community and land owners at the centre of how we manage our landscapes
  • back to basics.

The new legislation will give communities and landholders a greater voice in natural resources management. Land and water levy increases will be capped to CPI and more on-ground action will be encouraged so regional communities can become more actively involved in natural resources management programs and initiatives.

The aim is to deliver effective water management, pest plant and animal control, soil and land management and support for broader sustainable primary production programs.

It will be a simpler system, giving people a greater voice in decision-making and board members that reflect their communities. The system will also include a Grassroots Grants program and the flexibility for levy funding to be distributed from Green Adelaide to regional South Australia through a Landscape Priorities Fund.

Indicative boundaries for new landscape regions have been proposed and once finalised, will be established by proclamation. 

The new legislation is based on extensive consultation with communities and stakeholders across South Australia.

A range of FAQs have been developed to provide more information.

Related links

Landscape SA Bill 2019

Landscape directions – Landscape SA Bill 2019 (Overview document covering key elements of the Bill, March 2019)

Landscape South Australia proposed regional boundaries

Consultation phase

Managing our Landscapes – Conversations for Change (Discussion Paper, July 2018)

Managing our Landscapes – Conversations for Change. What we heard: July – October 2018 (Consultation report, 26 October 2018)

Full report

Summary report

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