Clearance applications for the Stirling Cemetery, Roxby Downs West Accommodation Village and Whyalla Super School

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NCSSA continues to call for the proper protection of South Australia’s native vegetation – in these cases, by preventing the clearance of ‘intact stratum’ at the Stirling Cemetery, by arguing that the final location should be decided prior to approval being sought for the Roxby Downs West Accommodation Village and for the mitigation hierarchy to be adequately addressed prior to approving clearance for the Whyalla Super School.

Stirling Cemetary 

Roxby Downs

Whyalla

Draft Planning and Design Code (primarily focused on Phase 2 councils (Rural Areas))

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NCSSA supports the introduction of a ‘Native Vegetation Overlay’ into the new land-use planning system to better protect native vegetation. However, NCSSA is deeply concerned that not all parks and reserves had been correctly mapped as being in the Conservation Zone during this consultation, and that the new system will weaken protection for these important areas by making tourist accommodation developments easier to approve.

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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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