Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy Review

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We recently provided comments on this strategy. The conservation of the last remaining examples of the original Adelaide Plains flora has long been a concern of the Society.
The vegetation remnants that still survive in the Adelaide Park Lands are highly significant because so few examples of the unique vegetation of the Adelaide Plains exist and because of the significant plant species they contain.

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Nora Creina PER is flawed

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We recently provided comment on the Public Environmental Report (PER) for the Nora Creina Golf Course and Tourism Resort that is being proposed near Robe in the South East of the state. The Minister for Planning declared the project a Major Development pursuant to Section 46(1) of the Development Act 1993 in March 2014. It was then referred to the Federal Environment Minister who declared it a controlled action under the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act). If approved, the development will result in the clearance of approximately 240 hectares of remnant native coastal vegetation and impact upon matters of national and state environmental significance such as the Little Dip Spider-orchid (Caladenia richardsiorum) and Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster) listed as Critically Endangered under the EPBC Act. The PER was required as part of the EPBC referral process for the proposal and has been prepared pursuant to Section 46C of the Development Act 1993.

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SA Multiple Land Use Framework

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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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Draft Amendment for KI Wilderness Trail

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Amendments to the existing Management Plans for Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park, Ravine des Casoars and Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Areas are proposed to allow for the development of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (KIWT). The ecological impact of the increased trail network and infrastructure developments associated with the KIWT is of serious concern to NCSSA as is the effect these developments will have on the natural assets within parks that the trail traverses. Our submission recommended the Department provide adequate funding and resources to establish long-term and rigorous monitoring programs to evaluate the ecological impacts and sustainability of this development.

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Koala Conservation and Management in South Australia

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The South Australian Koala Conservation Strategy was developed to identify and acknowledge the key conservation and management issues which are having, or could have, an impact on the health and welfare of koalas and on their habitat across the State.

The strategy aims to:

• reduce the number the negative impacts that over-abundant koala populations may have on broader ecological communities
• safeguard the welfare of the koalas themselves; and
• increase the social, educational and economic benefits from having koalas in South Australia.

The management strategy is accessible through the DEWNR website