Feedback wanted on draft 'Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan 2021-2026'

PLAN: Feedback is now open relating to the draft 'Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan 2021-2026'. Photo: Supplied
PLAN: Feedback is now open relating to the draft 'Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan 2021-2026'. Photo: Supplied

A new Regional Landscape plan for the management of landscapes across Eyre Peninsula has been drafted and is now open for community consultation.

The draft 'Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan 2021-2026' sets the vision to achieve sustainable landscape management.

The plan focuses on the priority areas of water, sustainable agriculture, pest plants and animals, biodiversity and community, which were set out by Environment and Water Minister David Speirs when the landscape boards were established in July 2020.

Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board (EPLB) presiding member Mark Whitfield said the draft plan and supporting documents outlined the region's key landscape requirements and the programs that would deliver the aims of the priority areas.

"We are confident that our plan sets the direction for sustainable and resilient landscapes for our Eyre Peninsula region," he said.

"We live in a remarkable part of Australia with unique features that require careful management to maintain their viability well into the future, whether that be our farming land or the coastal saltmarsh areas that are home to threatened birds."

The previous board went through an extensive consultation with the community three years ago to develop a plan for the next decade, yet a new way of managing South Australian landscapes was welcomed last July with the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 replacing the former NaturalResources Management Act 2004.

Given this change, and the appointment of the new EPLB, the previous plan is required to be updated to a new Regional Landscape Plan for the region.

"Having been through extensive consultation with the Eyre Peninsula community, we have built on that past engagement and re-mapped the priorities, identified by our community, to align with the new legislation," Mr Whitfield said.

"We ask the Eyre Peninsula community to look at our draft plan details and let us know if the priorities captured remain true to what they value about our landscapes."

The EPLB region covers an area of 80,000 square kilometres, extending from Whyalla in the east and along the Gawler Ranges in the north, to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain in the west.

The region includes over 3000 kilometres of coastline from the upper Spencer Gulf to the Great Australian Bight, and includes 182 offshore islands.

Consultation is open until 5pm on March 29, 2021.

Full details are available at landscape.sa.gov.au/ep/about-us/landcape-plan.

Feedback can be given via the EPLB survey at surveymonkey.com/r/EP-landscape-plan, YourSAy at yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/draft-eyre-peninsula-regional-landscape-plan/about, or by email to ep.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au.

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