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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.

From July 1 2020, the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 will replace the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, as the key framework for managing the state's land, water, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity across the state.

Eight new regional Landscape South Australia boards will administer the new Act. A new entity Green Adelaide will bring an integrated approach to managing Adelaide's urban environment.

Presiding Members have been appointed to lead each of the new regional landscape boards by the Minister for Environment and Water. They will also be responsible for administering the NRM Act until it ceases and the new Act fully commences on 1 July 2020.

Consultation has now closed on the draft regulations. To find out more visit

To ensure certainty and a smooth transition for communities and land users across the regions, current regional services in the management of natural resources will continue to be delivered until 1 July 2020.

 For more information read the summary and FAQs.

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