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A message from the minister

The South Australian Government has reformed how our landscapes are managed by putting community at the heart of sustainably managing the state’s soil, water, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity.

About

New Landscape South Australia Act

The sustainable management of our precious landscapes is the responsibility of all South Australians.

By working together we can support our landscapes to thrive and help create healthy and resilient communities, prosperous long-term businesses and flourishing native species and ecosystems.

Underpinning this approach is the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 (the Act), which puts community at the heart of sustainably managing their regions’ soil, water, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity.

The role of administering the Act is shared amongst eight regional landscape boards and a metropolitan board, Green Adelaide.

The boards operate across nine regions and support local communities and land managers to be directly responsible for managing their region’s natural resources.

They also partner with government and regional communities to deliver a strong, back-to-basics system that’s autonomous and flexible in response to their regions’ needs.

Benefits

  • Eight regional landscape boards – with greater autonomy and flexibility to respond to local issues, including managing their own budgets and staff.
  • Green Adelaide – a new and innovative organisation charged with transforming Adelaide into a world-leading, sustainable, green and climate resilient city.
  • Simpler regional plans – with five priorities that are easy to understand.
  • Greater community representation – with three out of seven boards members to be elected from 2022 (except for the specialist board Green Adelaide and the Alinytjara Wiluraṟa board, which is already represented by select regional leaders).
  • State Landscape Strategy – to improve coordination between regional and state priorities.
  • Landscape Priorities Fund – to support larger statewide management issues, such as bushfire recovery, drought and agricultural resilience.
  • Stronger focus on climate resilience and biodiversity – to support the development of resilient landscapes and sustainable primary production.
  • Grassroots Grants program – with greater opportunities for volunteers and local community organisations.
  • Less red tape and simplified compliance – to enable boards to get the job done more easily.
  • Stronger partnerships with landholders and Aboriginal communities – to ensure that the knowledge of our regional communities and First Nations is respected, recognised and used in the management of our landscapes.

Landscape Boards of SA

Boundaries

From 1 July 2020, landscape regions replaced NRM regions.

Landscape regions and Green Adelaide boundaries can be viewed as interactive maps via NatureMaps.

Find out which landscape region you reside in.

Boards

Landscape Regions

Our region

The Alinytjara Wilurara (AW) region covers the north-west third of South Australia. In Pitjantjatjara, 'alinytjara' means 'north' and 'wilurara' means 'west'.

The AW region covers more than 250,000 square kilometres, stretching from the Northern Territory and West Australian borders south to the Great Australian Bight. The regional boundary extends to the edge of the State Waters (three nautical miles off-shore) in the Great Australian Bight and includes the South Australian part of the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. The land and its 340 kilometres of coastline are mostly dedicated to conservation and traditional Aboriginal use and occupation. The homelands and community townships are inhabited by approximately 4000 people. The region is managed as nine distinct landscapes.

There is no privately owned land in the region. More than half of AW is held as dedicated Aboriginal lands and is owned or in the trust of three key land holding authorities:

  • Yalata
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands
  • Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) Lands

The AW NRM region is diverse in its fauna, flora and cultural heritage. With some of the hottest and most remote areas in South Australia and no permanent rivers or creeks, water is a limiting factor to economic development throughout the region.

Upcoming meetings

Details of future meetings will be added to this site once the schedule is confirmed. If you would like to attend or make a presentation at any of the upcoming meetings, please contact aw.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au.

Grassroot Grants

For further information on Grassroot Grants please head to the Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Board website.

Board Members

  • Parry Agius (Chair)
  • Michael Haynes
  • Maureen (Mima) Smart
  • Peter Miller
  • Kristy Richards
  • Julie O'Toole
  • Debbie Hansen
  • Anton Baker
  • Sally Scales

For more information visit the website.

Parry Agius
Parry has a strong background in community development, native title, natural resource management and primary industries. He is the Principal of Agius Consultancy Services, providing high-level consultancy, facilitation and advisory services for numerous projects. He is currently the founding director of Linking Futures and a member of the Aboriginal Lands Trust Board.

He has an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Affairs Administration) and is an accredited Cultural Safety Trainer. In 2000, Parry was awarded the first Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for his work with Aboriginal people and in 2013 was recognised by Macquarie University as an Honorary Associate. He is a strong advocate for socio-economic benefits for Aboriginal people and his career spans nearly 30 years cementing partnerships between Indigenous groups, government and industry.

Parry was the Presiding Member of the Alinytjara Wiluraṟa Natural Resources Board from 2011-February 2019.

Our region

The Eyre Peninsula region covers a significant area of South Australia, about 80,000 square kilometres or 8 million hectares, and includes part of the upper Spencer Gulf, the City of Whyalla, across the southern boundaries of the Gawler Ranges, past Ceduna to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain and south to the fishing hub of Port Lincoln. The region supports a population of just under 60,000 people.

The region’s economy is diverse, and includes primary industries, health and community services, manufacturing, retail trade, construction, education and training, and mining. Tourism and mining are growing industries in the region.

Primary industries include cereal crops, sheep, cattle and viticulture. The region has several commercial fishing fleets, with the largest based at Port Lincoln.

The majority of South Australia’s aquaculture farming is also located in the region, with species farmed including southern bluefin tuna, yellowtail kingfish, mulloway, blue mussels, greenlip abalone, and pacific and native oysters.

Oyster farming was established in the 1980s and occurs in several areas including Coffin Bay, Cowell, Streaky Bay, Smoky Bay, Denial Bay and St Peter’s Island.

Upcoming meetings

Details of future meetings will be added to this site once the schedule is confirmed. If you would like to attend or make a presentation at any of the upcoming meetings, please contact ep.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au.

Grassroot Grants

For further information on Grassroot Grants please head to the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board website.

Board Members

  • Mark Whitfield (Chair)
  • Brian Foster
  • Debbie May
  • Dr Steven Milner
  • Justine Major
  • Tony Irvine
  • Meagan Turner

For more information visit the website.

Mark Whitfield
Chair

Mark Whitfield

Mark has lived in Whyalla since 2001, working as a consultant with community organisations and small not-for-profit organisations. Previous to this he worked as the Executive Manager of the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School.

He has also worked in a number of other roles in regional development, health and education in Whyalla, the Eyre Peninsula, in the far north of the state and in local government.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mark has also volunteered on a variety of community organisation boards and is currently a member of the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Board and the Audit and Risk Committee.

He is the immediate past Presiding Member of the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Board.

Our region

A new entity called Green Adelaide has been created under the Landscapes South Australia Act 2019, specifically in recognition of the unique environmental challenges faced in urban areas.

Green Adelaide will drive innovation and action in metropolitan Adelaide to deliver a climate resilient and ecologically vibrant city from the hills to the sea. Green Adelaide will bring an integrated approach to managing Adelaide’s urban environment through increased efforts to green and cool our backyards, streets and neighbourhoods, enhance biodiversity, and create open and healthy green spaces for everyone.

Green Adelaide will support Adelaide to become the world’s second National Park City through connecting community to nature and managing our urban environment..

Green Adelaide aspires for Adelaide to become globally recognised for its liveability and thriving environment by building on its reputation as a cool, clean, green and vibrant city and attracting industry, investment, residents and visitors.

The new Green Adelaide region spans 17 metropolitan councils and approximately 1.3 million South Australians.

At the heart of Green Adelaide will be its partnership approach across all levels of government and with the Kaurna Nation, industry, NGOs and community groups.

It will partner with state and local government, industry and NGOs to proactively encourage policies to embed greening and water sensitive design into private and public planning and development at every scale.

Partnerships between local government and Green Adelaide will be crucial to the aims of achieving a green, climate-resilient city. Green Adelaide will form strategic partnerships with local government to plan and implement actions together.

Board Members

  • Chris Daniels (Chair)

  • Claire Boan

  • Felicity-ann Lewis

  • Jeffrey Newchurch

  • Louka Parry

  • Adrian Skull

  • Trixie Smith

  • Kelvin Trumper

  • Dena Vassallo

For more information visit the website.

Chris Daniels
Chair

Chris Daniels

Prof Chris Daniels is CEO of the International Koala Centre of Excellence and Chief Strategic Adviser to Cleland Wildlife Park.

He was the Presiding Member of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board from 2011 to 2018, and Chair of the Board of Nature Play SA from 2016 to 2018. Chris is also Adjunct Professor of Biology at UniSA and Adjunct Professor of Zoology at Adelaide University.

He has published nine books, one DVD and over 250 scientific and community publications. His award winning books include Adelaide: Nature of a City (2005), Adelaide: Water of a City (2010) and Guide to Urban Wildlife (2011).

Chris won the South Australian Premiers Science award for communication (2007) and the Medal for Natural History from the Field Naturalists Society SA (2010).

Our region

The Hills & Fleurieu landscape is the most biologically diverse region in South Australia. Home to half of the state’s species of native plants and three-quarters of its native birds, it also has some of the most productive primary industries supplying local and international markets.

Covering 6700 square kilometres of land and sea, the region is home to around 130,000 people and stretches along the Mt Lofty Ranges from Cape Jervis to Birdwood and the South Para River, and from the coastal waters of Gulf St Vincent and Willunga across to Mount Barker, Goolwa and Victor Harbor.

The region’s primary industries contribute more than $400 million in value to the South Australian economy each year, with other industries including tourism and retail. Grazing accounts for more than 45% of land use. Apple, pear and cherry production, together with viticulture, wine making and seafood production are also significant rural industries.

Larger towns in the area include Mount Barker, with more than 30,000 people, Victor Harbor at about 15,000 people and Strathalbyn at about 6000. Large areas of the region are also home to people who have chosen a rural lifestyle on small holdings.

The region is dominated by the southern Mt Lofty Ranges and features significant water resources. Other natural assets include grassy woodland habitats, rare vegetation such as the Mt Compass Oak-bush and the threatened Southern Mt Lofty Ranges emu wren. Along the southern coastline, little penguins are a focus of both public attention and conservation effort. Similarly, efforts to protect habitat for endangered shorebirds such as the Hooded Plover are also an important conservation focus.

Upcoming meetings

Details of future meetings will be added to this site once the schedule is confirmed. If you would like to attend or make a presentation at any of the upcoming meetings, please contact hf.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au.

Grassroot Grants

For further information on Grassroot Grants please head to the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board website

Board Members

  • David Greenhough (Chair)
  • Carol Schofield AM
  • Janet Klein
  • Amy Williams
  • Professor Andy Lowe
  • Dr Chris West
  • Douglas (Drew) Smith

For more information visit the website.

David Greenhough
Chair

David Greenhough

Hindmarsh Island resident, David Greenhough currently works as a consultant for Mabeki Consulting focusing on management processes, strategic planning and coaching, financial direction, IT systems and process integration.

He is the former owner and Managing Director of LEAP Legal Software in South Australia and Western Australia and a partner of Tripos IT, a management and IT consulting group.

He is the current Chair of the Glenthorne Partnership, working with the Department for Environment and Water, partnership members and the community to provide advice and guidance in the creation of the Glenthorne National Park and precinct. He has also been a founding member of Friends of the Lower Field River and has been active in environmental volunteering for many years.

Our region

Kangaroo Island (KI) lies approximately 15 kilometres off of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The island covers an area of 4370 square kilometres and is home to approximately 4700 people who reside primarily in the four townships, the largest being Kingscote. The island welcomes more than 160,000 visitors each year, one third of whom are international guests.

Natural resources underpin a range of industries, with primary production, commercial fishing, and nature-based and farm-based tourism making up around 90% of the gross regional product.

KI contains the highest proportion of remnant vegetation of all South Australian agricultural regions. Around 40% of the island is covered by native vegetation, maintaining significant areas of relatively intact ecosystems.

In 2009, KI was listed as one of Australia’s National Landscapes (a tourism and conservation partnership program between Tourism Australia and Parks Australia) in recognition of its spectacular coastlines, unique geological formations, history and accessibility to viewing unique Australian wildlife in their natural setting.

The region is noted for its abundant wildlife, thanks to relatively few predators and extensive native habitats.

Upcoming meetings

Details of future meetings will be added to this site once the schedule is confirmed. If you would like to attend or make a presentation at any of the upcoming meetings, please contact ki.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au.

Grassroot Grants

For further information on Grassroot Grants please head to the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board website.

Board Members

  • Andrew Heinrich (Chair)
  • Mayor Michael Pengilly
  • Dr Peggy Rismiller OAM
  • Peter Davis
  • Associate Professor Gay Crowley
  • Ros Willson
  • Jenny Stanton

For more information visit the website.

Andrew Heinrich
Chair

Andrew Heinrich

Andrew has been a producer on Kangaroo Island since 1982, running a commercial prime lamb and seedstock operation with White Suffolk, maternal composite and Poll Merino Studs, alongside his wife Tracie and son Jamie.

Sustainability is a key part of farming at their Ella Matta property, with the family working with organisations such as Landcare to fence off native vegetation, re-plant native trees and establish shelter-belts as well as improving pasture and soil, minimising erosion and assisting with local Koala management programs.

Andrew was a founding member and past Chair of the Upper Cygnet Landcare Group, he has also been Chair of the AgKI Board, is a past Chair of the KI ovine johnes disease (OJD) committee, and is a past member of the SA OJD committee. He is currently the President of the KI Football League and the Vice Chair of the Australian White Suffolk Association. He is also the immediate past Presiding Member of the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Board.

Our region

The Limestone Coast region covers an area of approximately 28,000 square kilometres and bound by the Victorian border to the east, the Southern Ocean to the south and the Coorong to the west.

The region is distinguished by deep limestone substrate and a series of stranded dunes that rise between 20-50 metres above interdunal plains. These plains can be inundated over winter and host a variety of internationally-recognised wetland systems, including the Ramsar-listed Bool and Hacks Lagoons and part of the Coorong and Lower Lakes Wetlands. The region also hosts and extensive network of limestone sink holes and caves, which include the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves.

The climate in the Limestone Coast is characterised by cool wet winters and mild to hot, dry summers. Average annual rainfall varies considerably within the region, from approximately 850mm in the south to 450mm in the north.

With a favourable climate, suitable soils and underground water, the Limestone Coast has a strong history as a highly productive area that supports a diverse and profitable industry base. The Limestone Coast region contributes about $3.93 billion per annum towards the South Australian GSP with 16.9% of GSP contribution from agriculture, forestry and fishing.

The key economic activities in the region supported by natural resources include plantation forestry, wine/viticulture, agriculture, dairy, potatoes, fishing/aquaculture and their associated industries.

Upcoming meetings

Details of future meetings will be added to this site once the schedule is confirmed. If you would like to attend or make a presentation at any of the upcoming meetings, please contact lc.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au.

Grassroot Grants

For further information on Grassroot Grants please head to the Limestone Coast Landscape Board website.

Board Members

  • Kerry DeGaris (Chair)
  • Bruce Wood
  • Mark Bachmann
  • Penny Schulz
  • Robbie Davis
  • Ben Hood
  • Miles Hannemann

For more information visit the website.

Kerry DeGaris
Chair

Kerry DeGaris

Born and bred at Bool Lagoon, Kerry moved to Adelaide to study Agricultural Science, before moving back to the region in 2004.

After graduation, she moved to the Riverland then on to Griffith in NSW to work in the wine industry. She returned home to Naracoorte to work as a viticulturist and complete a Master’s degree in viticulture. She has also completed a PhD with a focus on irrigation management using moderately saline water and how to influence ion movement in grapevines.

She now works in the local wine industry part time, as a Wine Grape Growers Australia Biosecurity Officer and Treasury Wine Estates Vineyard Technical Officer, as well as managing Killanoola a property running crossbred ewes and cattle. She is involved in a number of community groups including the Penola Show, Penola National Trust, Limestone Coast Ladies, and Bool Lagoon Hall.

She is also the immediate past Presiding Member of the South East Natural Resources Management Board.

Our region

The Murraylands and Riverland region extends from where the River Murray crosses the border into South Australia, through the northern Mallee to the foot of the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges; from the Rangelands in the north to the southern Mallee and Murray Mouth in the south. The region covers approximately 53,780 square kilometres. The following local councils areas are included within the Murraylands and Riverland region:

  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Coorong District Council
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • The Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Berri Barmera Council
  • District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Mid Murray Council

There are also areas of unincorporated land around the Riverland and within the pastoral area.

The region forms the south-western portion of the Murray-Darling catchment into which the River Murray flows. The River Murray supports highly productive horticultural industries as well as supplying the majority of the water needs for the city of Adelaide and many other towns in the state. The natural resources of the Murraylands and Riverland region also support tourism, recreation and manufacturing. The region is one of the most productive agricultural areas in South Australia.

Much of the land in the region is used for primary production, including pastoral lands, dryland cropping, grazing, horticulture, irrigation and dairy farming. Within the region, there are ecosystems that are of state, national and international significance, including the Ramsar-listed Chowilla Floodplain, the Coorong and Lower Lakes.

The region has a rich and diverse history of volunteering in landscape and environmental management, with a wide range of active groups undertaking action to look after their local landscapes. Groups include Landcare and Local Action Planning Groups, land management groups, wetland groups, sustainable production groups and catchment groups.

The region includes the lands and waters of a number of Traditional Owner groups including Ngarrindjeri, the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region, Peramangk, Ngadjuri, and Wilyakali.

Upcoming meetings

Details of future meetings will be added to this site once the schedule is confirmed. If you would like to attend or make a presentation at any of the upcoming meetings, please contact mr.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au.

Grassroot Grants

For further information on Grassroot Grants please head to the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board website.

Board Members

Dianne Davidson AM (Chair)
Andrew Biele
Greg Cock
Barb Cowey
Jim Godden
Lisa Rowntree
Jason Size

For more information visit the website.

Dianne Davidson
Chair

Dianne Davidson

Dianne completed an agricultural science degree at the University of Adelaide and is an experienced horticulturalist, specialising in wine grape production and soil and water management. She founded Davidson Viticulture, which had a focus on consultation and management of table and wine grape production from 1987 to 2012 and was also a part of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation for nine years.

She worked in irrigation agriculture, in particular horticulture, and has strong experience in natural resource management. She was a member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority from 2009-2018.

She was also a member of the Governing Council at the University of Adelaide for 12 years, including four years as Deputy Chancellor.

She was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of services to the winemaking and horticulture industries and to higher education administration.

Our region

The Northern and Yorke region extends for 38,500 square kilometres. It is a varied and productive portion of South Australia and includes approximately 1300km of coastline and adjacent marine areas.

The region encompasses the Yorke Peninsula, significant areas of Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent, the southern Flinders Ranges, parts of the Rangelands, the Mid North, the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, the Barossa and northern Adelaide Plains.

The region supports a population of approximately 150,000 people who reside in agricultural, coastal and urban communities. It welcomes a large number of visitors each year to destinations that include Innes National Park, the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley and the Southern Flinders Ranges.

The region includes traditional Aboriginal lands of the Narrunga, Nukunu, Ngadjuri, Kaurna and Peramangk people.

The major urban centres are Port Pirie, Gawler, Nuriootpa, Clare, Burra, Peterborough, Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo.

Natural resources underpin a range of industries. Approximately 80% of the region is under agricultural cropping and grazing production contributing a quarter of South Australia's agricultural earnings. The region embraces the major Barossa Valley and Clare Valley wine growing regions, and supports significant mining and mineral processing activities, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, horticulture and tourism.

Upcoming meetings

Details of future meetings will be added to this site once the schedule is confirmed. If you would like to attend or make a presentation at any of the upcoming meetings, please contact ny.landscape@sa.gov.au.

Grassroot Grants

For further information on Grassroot Grants please head to the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board website.

Board Members

  • Caroline Schaefer (Chair)
  • Peter Angus
  • Sarah Barrett
  • Phillip Heaslip
  • Geoffrey White
  • Jane Greenslade
  • Anna Baum

For more information visit the website.

Caroline Schaefer
Chair

Caroline Schaefer

Caroline is an immediate past Presiding Member of the Northern and Yorke NRM Board.
She has held many positions in previous governments, and was the first woman in Australia to be appointed as a Primary Industries Minister. She also served as Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Affairs, throughout her tenure as a member of parliament from 1993 to 2010.

Caroline lives in the Clare Valley where she also serves on the Yorke and Mid North Regional Development Australia Board.

She has a graduate diploma in Business Management (Rural and Regional Sectors) and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Our region