Southern Brown Tree Frog Litoria ewingii
Crimson Mallee - Gawler Ranges National Park
Pygmy Desert Monitor Varanus eremius
Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby Petrogale xanthopus


The Nature Conservation Society of South Australia is a voluntary body with members drawn from all parts of the State and all walks of life. The Society's primary objective is to foster the conservation of the State's wildlife and natural habitats. Our activities include:

  • protecting and managing habitats, particularly native vegetation
  • researching threatened species and habitats
  • working to ensure adequate park dedication, management and legislation
  • educating the community and all tiers of government
  • co-operating with other conservation groups and land managers

The Society is also active in public education through activities such as Sunday Walks with Nature program, general meetings and its journal Xanthopus.



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Getting into space shouldn't cost the Earth

Would you agree with a commercial rocket launching facility and associated infrastructure being put in pristine, protected coastal vegetation?

Neither does the Nature Conservation Society of SA.

Male-EPSEWThe location for this proposed development at 'Whalers Way', on the very southern tip of Eyre Peninsula, is wrong - it is a protected area under the Native Vegetation Act 1991 and habitat for threatened bird species.

Thanks to those NCSSA members and supporters who opposed the recent proposal to 'test' how much damage these rockets might do, particularly to shy, threatened birds like the Southern Emu Wren, by constructing a 'temporary' facility and firing up to three rockets, ahead of constructing larger, permanent launching pads.

The State Commission Assessment Panel is currently considering the 'test' proposal, and the NCSSA will keep you informed of their decision.

The NCSSA's position remains that the company's focus should be on finding an alternate, less environmentally sensitive, site rather than on "testing" the impact at this site.

  • This is a sensitive conservation area which is not an appropriate location for an industrial rocket launch facility, either temporary or permanent
  • It is not appropriate to change the land use from "conservation" to "commercial/industrial" given the conservation values of the area, which include protected native vegetation and nationally threatened species
  • Survey work clearly shows two threatened bird species (the Southern Emu-Wren and Western Whipbird) in and around the precise sites where the permanent launch pads are planned, and a rocket launching facility will damage and fragment their habitat
  • There will be impacts on these two bird species from a permanent facility beyond those being measured by these "tests", including potential for cumulative impacts from repeated launches (i.e. the planned 30 launches per/year from a permanent facility)
  • The "tests" do not seek to investigate the impact on two other threatened birds species present at the site - the Sea Eagle and Osprey
  • The size of the "test" rockets have not been specified in the "notification package", yet the permanent facility will fire rockets from anywhere between 1 tonne and 100 tonnes, an extremely wide variation
  • It's not appropriate development for an area within the Hazard (Bushfire - High Risk) overlay

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Want to do more? Sign this petition to show you oppose such a facility in a conservation area, and follow this Facebook page for further updates.


photo Male Southern Emu Wren Marcus Pickett

Membership Renewals

2020/21 Memberships fees are now due.

Please continue your support to help protect the biodiversity of South Australia. A strong membership base helps NCSSA demonstrate that the community of South Australia values its environment.  Join your voice with ours to strengthen the message of advocacy for our native plants, animals and ecosystems.

Rates remain the same as last year:


  • $25  Concession
  • $40  Single
  • $50  Family
  • $66  Group

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