Pastoral Act Review

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The current Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 (Pastoral Act) covers about 40 per cent of South Australia’s land. As well as supporting red meat and wool production, this area is critical for nature conservation, and NCSSA calls for any new or revised Act to recognize this. Specifically, pastoral lease holders should be able to manage all or part of their leases for nature conservation, including deriving income from emerging environmental markets such as carbon offsetting.

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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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