Draft Dudley Peninsula (Kangaroo Island) Fire Management Plan

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images9We supported the concept of planning for fire management at a large scale, in this case across multiple Conservation Parks, Heritage Agreements and other parcels of Crown Land, as fire is a landscape issue. However, we called for clearer justifications for the fire management zones identified in the draft plan, particularly where they will result in fuel reduction activities in sensitive areas, such as close to Glossy Black Cockatoo habitat.

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Comment on the new and emerging introduced species draft policy

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images5This draft policy provides a good framework for the management of new and emerging introduced animals in South Australia, however, we suggested that it could be improved through the inclusion of further detail about other related State and National policies that guide biosecurity responses. We also suggested an explicit acknowledgement of climate change on the current and future distribution and abundance of pest animals be included.

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Lake Gairdner National Park Draft Management Plan

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This draft plan provided a good summary of the important features of this unique National Park, however, we suggested it should also include reference to the historic records of the endangered Night Parrot from the Gawler Ranges region. We also strongly supported the monitoring of impacts of events such as dry lake racing on the Park, and suggested that the costs of monitoring should be borne by those benefiting from access to the Park.

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Native vegetation clearance in Flinders Chase National Park (Kangaroo Island) for luxury accommodation

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We did not support this application for clearance of native vegetation within Flinders Chase National Park. The accommodation as proposed was not "along the trail", as required by the park management plan, but rather distant from it. The proposal also presented an unacceptable risk in terms of safety for staff and walkers from bushfire and could potentially lead to greater clearance in order to address that risk.

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Native vegetation clearance for solar farm near Whyalla (Cultana)

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The clearance of native vegetation for solar farms is increasing in SA. Whilst we support SA's transition to a low-carbon economy, we do not believe this need result in the clearance of precious remnant native vegetation. This particular proposal for 1,110ha of clearance is in addition to the almost 4,000ha of clearance for solar farms which has been approved since 2016.

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