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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Beach-cast Marine Algae Fishery

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The federal environment department has approved the continuation and expansion of the collection of algae from beaches along the south-east coastline. We are concerned that the impact of this on shorebirds, including threatened and migratory species, has not been adequately assessed and that insufficient monitoring is taking place to detect any changes in future.

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Nullarbor and Yellabinna and Warna Manda Parks Draft Management Plans

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HCP-Front-coverA management plan for the Nullarbor Parks was being developed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), in conjunction with the Nullarbor Parks Advisory Committee. Similarly, a management plan was being developed for the Yellabinna and Warna Manda Parks in conjunction with the Yumbarra Conservation Park Co-management Board. Both plans were developed using the Far West Coast Healthy Country Plan as a basis.
We commended this approach to plan development, where Far West Coast Aboriginal people's knowledge and aspirations are central. We commented that the implementation of these plans is critical and that establishing and supporting Indigenous ranger groups may be one way of facilitating implementation, where this aligns with the aspirations of Far West Coast Aboriginal people.

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