Bushfires Royal Commission

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In light of the catastrophic 2019/20 fire season, NCSSA calls for increasing the Commonwealth's role in facilitating co-ordination of, and delivering supporting funding to, States in managing bushfire preparation and response. Given that numerous previous inquiries into bushfire events have made recommendations that are yet to be fully implemented, NCSSA urges the Commission to seek for the Commonwealth to provide the necessary leadership and resources to act on key areas to improve Australia's resilience and adaptation to changing climatic conditions and future bushfire events.

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EPBC Act Review

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beeNCSSA calls for stronger national environmental laws that truly protect and restore Australia's natural environment. Particularly, NCSSA seeks national protection for our parks and reserves, such as Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. NCSSA also calls for more funding for recovering threatened species, like the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. NCSSA adds its voice to the chorus of other environmental organisations calling for better democracy and community involvement in the Act.

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Comments on the revised Wild Dog Management Policy

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South of the Dog Fence: Whilst NCSSA acknowledges that, south of the Dog Fence, sheep and wild dogs are incompatible, NCSSA does not support laying poison baits where there is no evidence of wild dogs being present.
North of the Dog Fence: Dingoes are a legitimate wildlife species that play an important ecological role north of the dog fence. NCSSA therefore does not support widespread aerial baiting. Where it is necessary, NCSSA advocates for limited, targeted control which is tailored at a property level.
In order to better understand the impacts and benefits of dingoes, NCSSA believes that their management must be underpinned by rigorous, long-term monitoring and evaluation programs that are adequately resourced.

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Clearance application for Cadell Training Centre

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NCSSA continues to call for the proper protection of South Australia’s native vegetation – in this case, by highlighting that permission cannot be granted to clear most of the vegetation sought by this application, as it is ‘intact stratum’ and therefore protected under the Native Vegetation Act 1991.

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Independent review of SA Bushfires 2019/20

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NCSSA considers the impact of unmanaged fire on native vegetation and the habitat it provides for native fauna poses one of the greatest threats to biodiversity conservation across the state. In light of the catastrophic 2019/20 fire season, NCSSA calls for better informed fire management, particularly the preparation of fire management guidelines for managing species and ecological communities of conservation significance, the on-ground implementation of scientific knowledge in fire ecology, well-resourced monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of fire and an adaptive management approach.

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