The proposed changes in the draft NV Regulations support a shift from policies that avoid clearing toward policies that allow for clearing and offsetting. Overall, the changes proposed will be a significant watering down of regulations aimed at the protection of native vegetation. We challenge the assumption that there is a need to streamline the implementation of the NV Act.
The Tennyson Dunes were declared a Conservation Reserve under the Crown Lands Management Act in September 2015. The contain important areas of remnant coastal vegetation and habitat for a number of state rated and regionally rare flora and fauna species. The Concept Report outlines the proposed development of a Discovery Trail in the Reserve.
We recently provided comments on this strategy. The conservation of the last remaining examples of the original Adelaide Plains flora has long been a concern of the Society.
The vegetation remnants that still survive in the Adelaide Park Lands are highly significant because so few examples of the unique vegetation of the Adelaide Plains exist and because of the significant plant species they contain.
We recently provided comment on the Public Environmental Report (PER) for the Nora Creina Golf Course and Tourism Resort that is being proposed near Robe in the South East of the state. The Minister for Planning declared the project a Major Development pursuant to Section 46(1) of the Development Act 1993 in March 2014. It was then referred to the Federal Environment Minister who declared it a controlled action under the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act). If approved, the development will result in the clearance of approximately 240 hectares of remnant native coastal vegetation and impact upon matters of national and state environmental significance such as the Little Dip Spider-orchid (Caladenia richardsiorum) and Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster) listed as Critically Endangered under the EPBC Act. The PER was required as part of the EPBC referral process for the proposal and has been prepared pursuant to Section 46C of the Development Act 1993.
The draft Multiple Land Use Framework seeks to outline South Australia's commitment to applying leading practice engagement principles for government, community, business and industry when considering multiple land use interests in the decision-making process. At present the framework has been developed primarily with the minerals and energy resources sectors in mind however we recommend it be broadened to include all activities where there is a potential conflict between land uses. We also recommended the framework demonstrate a commitment to undertake independent baseline studies of the environmental qualities of catchments and landscapes to inform the framework over time. Although we support the general intent of the draft Framework, we strongly believe that without legislative change and further broadening of the scope of the document that it will not achieve the desired outcomes of environmentally sustainable land use and long-term protection of our precious natural resources.
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