Launch of Landscape Plan
The Limestone Coast Landscape Board is delighted to announce that the Regional Landscape Plan 2021-2026, setting the five-year strategic direction of the board, has been endorsed by the Minister for Environment and Water. ”Our historic Landscape SA reform is putting communities back at the heart of natural resources management and these Landscape Plans are a key part of this. I look forward to seeing Landscape Boards across the state deliver our back-to-back basics approach in partnership with the wider community”, Minister Speirs said.
The Landscape Plan was developed in consultation with the community and key stakeholders encouraging the region to work together to achieve impactful and sustainable changes to landscape management to benefit the economic growth and productivity of local communities.
The LC Landscape Board’s five priorities are: working collaboratively to manage pest plants and animals, growing sustainable primary production, protecting and balancing our region’s water resources, educating and partnering to sustainably manage our landscapes and conserving and enhancing our region’s biodiversity. Penny Schulz, chair of the Limestone Coast Landscape Board said “the priorities of our Regional Landscape Plan focus the LC Landscape Board on critical issues and opportunities for the region and where we will seek to partner with community and stakeholders. The LC Landscape Board looks forward to enacting this Landscape Plan and empowering the local community to sustainably manage our landscape.”
Steve Bourne, General Manager for the Limestone Coast Landscape Board said “It’s an exciting time for opportunities in land management within the Limestone Coast and the team look forward to implementing the LC Landscape Board priorities and vision through our on-ground works”. Eight focus areas allow projects to incorporate First Nations engagement, adapt for climate change, develop our relationships with partners across all sectors and target high priority pest plant and animal species for effective management and control.
The five-year Landscape Plan guides the Limestone Coast Landscape Board’s investment through an annual Business Plan that sets out how on-ground works and strategic activities will deliver on the board’s priorities. In conjunction with the plans, the Walking Together Statement reflects the Limestone Coast Landscape Board's commitment to embedding First Nations knowledge into our work and providing opportunities to work together in sustainable landscape management. The statement reflects the South East Aboriginal Focus Group's Lartara-Wirkeri cultural governance framework which promotes best practice around cultural outcomes in caring for our regional landscapes.