Ceduna to host Act reform forum

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs

A community forum will be hosted in Ceduna on Wednesday to give locals a chance to have their say on the state government’s proposed Landscape Act.

The change, which will see the Natural Resources Management Act replaced, is designed to move away from a centralised decision-making approach.

The forum will be hosted at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel from 2pm to 5pm.

It comes after a session at Port Lincoln on Tuesday which provided community members an overview of the reform and outlined the benefits.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said this was a chance to give the regions a greater voice.

“The previous Labor Government ignored our regions for 16 years and dropped the ball on natural resources management which meant regional communities lost confidence in the current system.

“Over time natural resources management has become too centralised, overly complex and has not been delivering for the people of this state.

“The Marshall Liberal Government’s reforms will put local communities back at the heart of sustaining, conserving and revitalising the state’s natural resources.”

He said there would be a “back to basics” approach.

“Our reforms will focus on repealing the current Act and establishing new Landscape SA Boards, which will get back to the basics of soil quality, pest control, and water management,” Mr Speirs said.

“We want to empower local communities, ensuring they are part of the solution to the way in which our natural resources are managed.

“While the government has a strong vision for these reforms, it’s critical that South Australians across the state have their say on the future of natural resources management.”

Mr Speirs said stakeholder and community opinions, ideas and feedback would be critical in shaping the reform.

Community members can also have their say online at https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/landscape-reform/about

The closing date for submission is Monday, October 15.