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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Native vegetation clearance for solar farm near Whyalla (Cultana)

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The clearance of native vegetation for solar farms is increasing in SA. Whilst we support SA's transition to a low-carbon economy, we do not believe this need result in the clearance of precious remnant native vegetation. This particular proposal for 1,110ha of clearance is in addition to the almost 4,000ha of clearance for solar farms which has been approved since 2016.

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Response to SA Power Networks Final Discussion Paper on possible amendments for the 10-year review of the Electricity (Principles of Vegetation Clearance) Regulations 2010

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SA Power Networks are seeking changes to the regulations that govern the clearance of vegetation near powerlines. Amongst a suite of proposed changes, SA Power Networks is seeking the power to remove trees under powerlines, and we are concerned about the circumstances in which this would take place. We also strongly disagree with SA Power Networks seeking exemption from providing offsets for native vegetation that it removes.

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Comments on draft Outback Bushfire Management Area Plan

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We supported the assessment of risk posed by bushfire to environmental assets in this draft plan, and also the explicit acknowledgment of the effects of Buffel grass in increasing fuel loads and therefore the impacts of fire on biodiversity. We suggested a number of improvements to the draft plan, however, including better addressing the requirements for fire management areas designated as Conservation Zones.

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