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. Under the government’s reform agenda the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 will be repealed and replaced with a new Landscape South Australia Act.
The government introduced the Landscape South Australia Bill 2019 into Parliament on 20 March 2019. An overview of the bill is provided here.The proposed 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, including the power to directly elect three of the seven new members of the regional landscape boards.
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. Subject to the passage of the Landscape South Australia Bill, the proposed boundaries would be established by proclamation.
The new legislation is based on extensive consultation with communities and stakeholders across South Australia.
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
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)
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