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Call for views on extending Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area on KI

News release
02 September 2017

South Australians are invited to offer their feedback on the proposed extension of a wilderness protection area on Kangaroo Island that would increase protection for more of the pristine environment and wild coastal scenery.

The 940-hectare Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area on the north-west coast of the island was first proclaimed in 1993 to protect its outstanding biological integrity.

The Government is now considering expanding the protection by adding 167.8 hectares of land adjacent to the south-east boundary of the park.

Background

Wilderness Protection Areas receive the highest protection offered by conservation legislation in South Australia, under the Wilderness Protection Act 1992.

They provide significant benefits to the environment and the community: allowing for wilderness experiences, enabling species to flourish and evolve, creating valuable opportunities for scientific research, and preserving historically and culturally significant landscapes.

The Parks and Wilderness Council’s Wilderness Assessment Report describes this land, its biodiversity and wilderness values, and the extent to which it meets the wilderness criteria.

The public can get involved by submitting their views on the proposal to add land to the Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area by joining a discussion on theYourSAy website, or sending a submission to:

Amy Allen

Policy Officer, Protected Areas

GPO Box 1047

ADELAIDE, SA 5001

Or email dewnrprotectedareamanagement@sa.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

The Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area is known for the biological integrity of its native forest and woodland and for its wild coastal scenery.

It also contains habitat for the endangered glossy black cockatoo.

The wilderness is undisturbed by structures or modern interventions. There are no internal tracks and the vegetation is virtually pristine.

It is exciting that we have an opportunity to further bolster the important qualities of the area by adding 167.8 hectares to its southeastern boundary. I encourage all South Australians who care about our State’s natural beauty and wildlife to have their say in the survey.

More information

Communications & media officer

8553 4444

kinrc@sa.gov.au