The draft Multiple Land Use Framework seeks to outline South Australia's commitment to applying leading practice engagement principles for government, community, business and industry when considering multiple land use interests in the decision-making process. At present the framework has been developed primarily with the minerals and energy resources sectors in mind however we recommend it be broadened to include all activities where there is a potential conflict between land uses. We also recommended the framework demonstrate a commitment to undertake independent baseline studies of the environmental qualities of catchments and landscapes to inform the framework over time. Although we support the general intent of the draft Framework, we strongly believe that without legislative change and further broadening of the scope of the document that it will not achieve the desired outcomes of environmentally sustainable land use and long-term protection of our precious natural resources.
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