Regional Landscape Planning

Draft Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan (2021-2026)

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board region covers an area of 80,000 square kilometres. It extends from Whyalla in the east, along the Gawler Ranges in the north, to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain in the west. The region includes over 3,000 kilometres of coastline spanning from the upper Spencer Gulf to the Great Australian Bight, including 182 offshore islands.

The Eyre Peninsula community was invited to submit feedback about the draft Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan from February 26 to March 29, 2021. The plan sets the vision and priorities for the region to achieve sustainable landscape management.

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

The draft plan, and supporting documents, outline the region’s key landscape requirements and the programs that will deliver the aims of the priority areas.

What are the next steps?

The final Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan and associated documents will be guided by any feedback that was received through the consultation process. The documents will then need to go to our board and the Minister for approval. These documents will be published on here once they are finalised mid-year.

Contact

For general inquiries, please email us at ep.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au or call on 8688 3200 during business hours (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

 

The existing plan documents that are in place until these draft documents are finalised, are detailed below.

Why have a regional plan?

The regional plan sets the 10 year direction for landscape management for the Eyre Peninsula region. The South Australian Government reformed how our landscapes are managed, putting community at the heart of sustainably managing the state’s soil, water, pest plants and animals and biodiversity.

From 1 July 2020, the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019 (the Act) replaced the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. Under the new Act, a landscape board must prepare and maintain a regional landscape plan for the purposes of its operations, and to promote the objects of the Act through managing landscapes within its region (Part 4, clause 46).

While our new regional landscape plan is being finalised, the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board adopted the Eyre Peninsula Regional NRM plan 2017-27 (including the business plan for 2019-22) as its regional landscape plans, under Schedule 5, Division 4, clauses 93 and 94 of the Landscape South Australia Act 2019.

Regional Plan structure

The regional plan sets a long-term vision for the management of the region’s natural resources and landscapes.

The current plan is comprised of two document, which includes:

The Strategic Plan - sets the vision and goals for Eyre Peninsula over the next ten years, describing the region’s livelihoods, lifestyles, landscapes and seascapes.

It provides a summary of the region’s history, present condition of natural resources and outlines future drivers including climate change projections. (this strategic plan will be replaced by the draft Regional Landscape Plan 2021-2026)

This component of the plan is downloadable in a full version or in the following sections:

• Chapter 1 – Strategic framework (summary version)

• Chapter 2 – Spencer subregional description

• Chapter 3 – Central Eyre subregional description

• Chapter 4 – Southern Eyre subregional description

• Chapter 5 – Musgrave subregional description

• Chapter 6 – Far West subregional description

• Chapter 7 – Policy framework

The Business Plan 2019-22

The plan sets out the programs and actions that will be funded by the Board to contribute to the implementation of the targets of the Regional Landscape Plan including activities that the Board will deliver in partnership with industry, local government, landholders, farming groups, volunteers and community organisations over the next three years. It also includes details of how the regional levy is calculated and an insight in to the previous year’s achievements.

Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board Business Plan 2020-21

This is the first landscape board Business Plan under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 in accordance with the requirements of section 51(1)&(3) and transitional provisions as detailed in Schedule 5 Part 30, under clause 94, of the Landscape South Australia Act 2019. This plan was approved by the incoming Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board on 15 May 2020, and needs to read as an addendum the existing Business Plan for 2019-22.

See our Achievement Reports for progress on our Business Plan programs.

Community participation

A participatory approach was undertaken to prepare the plan, with extensive engagement over three years. These engagement activities focused on developing an understanding of what the community value on the Eyre Peninsula, and identifying opportunities to protect and enhance these valued features. This focus on values was decided as research and practice shows that when values are identified and reflected in planning processes, meaningful action is more likely to occur. Part of this included producing a short film called ‘Love EP – there’s nowhere else I want to be’, which showcases the valued features of the Eyre Peninsula. Quotes from the film and engagement activities have been included throughout the plan.

For more information or specific inquiries, please contact us on 8688 3111 or email ep.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au

 

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