Interim Guidelines for the Management of Roadside Vegetation Dec 2018

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Roadside Consultation PictureThe Native Vegetation Council has developed new interim guidelines for managing native vegetation on roadsides across South Australia.
We are concerned that the guidelines explicitly "aim to provide local councils and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure with greater capacity to clear roadside vegetation", and that they do not adequately protect important native vegetation. Roadside vegetation can be of very high biodiversity value and in some parts of the state it represents the last vestiges of vegetation communities that were historically much more widespread.

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Senate Inquiry into the impact of feral deer, pigs and goats in Australia

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We provided a South Australian perspective to the federal inquiry into the impact of feral deer, pigs and goats in Australia. We called for existing policies and legislation to control these animals to be made more effective through increased implementation, for greater research into their impact (not just their numbers) and we supported the strategic use of volunteer shooters in coordinated pest control programs.

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Landscape SA Act

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The Liberal government was elected in March 2018 on a platform that included repealing the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 and replacing it with the Landscape SA Act. We participated in workshops and provided a submission to the Discussion Paper on these proposed changes, calling for biodiversity conservation to continue to be supported under the new Act as part of integrated land management.

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State Planning Policy for Biodiversity

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We strongly supported the development of a State Planning Policy for Biodiversity as part of reforms to South Australia's land-use planning system. A focus on biodiversity at all stages of land-use planning would provide welcome improvements for the conservation and protection of our wildlife. In response to a call for comments, we suggested ways the draft policy could be strengthened and called for monitoring and knowledge systems to be improved so it can be adequately enforced.

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Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray

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Murray River Swan Reach Arthur Mostead 2007 MDBA picThe conservation and management of water in the Murray River continues to be of concern to NCSSA. In response the draft Water Allocation Plan for the Murray River, we expressed our deep concern that the Plan states that "the environmental water requirements of the South Australian portion of River Murray and its floodplains cannot be met at the current level of consumptive use". In our view, this does not represent a "balance between social, economic and environmental outcomes" but an ongoing failure of our collective governance to adequately address environmental requirements as a first, necessary step to restoring the health of the system, and to allocating consumption only from the water that remains.

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