New Landscape Board members join the successful team!
The Limestone Coast Landscape Board has attracted nearly one million dollars of additional investment, and distributed nearly $300,000 worth of grants into the local community in its inaugural year of operation.
And with two new Board members, the next year promises to keep the momentum going!
Incoming LC Landscape Board members Fiona Rasheed and Peter Bissell will now make their contribution to the management of our landscapes. Fiona is a primary producer in the Kingston area, is the former SENRM Board Presiding Member and former Chair of the Primary Producers South Australia (PPSA) Natural Resources Management Committee. Peter has a career in winemaking in the region spanning over thirty years as a Winemaker, Winemaking Consultant and Wine Show Judge.
Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon. David Speirs is delighted by the appointments.
“It is so important to have a passionate and experienced membership on our landscape boards. Landscape boards are key to delivering on the Marshall Government’s Landscape South Australia Act 2019. The Boards have responsibilities towards sustainable land and water management and I know the Limestone Coast landscape is in good hands,” he said.
Penny Schulz, Chair of the LC Landscape Board said the LC Landscape Board was making significant in-roads in meeting its responsibilities.
“Most significantly, we have prevented the spread of new weed incursions such as Buffel Grass, worked with landholders across the region on targeted pest weed control programs such as feral olives and African lovegrass and inspected deer farms to assess compliance with farmer obligations to keep farmed deer secure and tagged.”
“Critical to the success of our programs is our engagement with landholders to support their efforts towards sustainable primary production. Our region is fortunate to have landholders who manage the landscape in such a way that our primary production systems will innovate and thrive to meet our needs in future generations. The Board’s funding programs such as Grassroots Grants and Adaptive Agriculture help landholders along that path,” she said.
“Having secured funding for two new major projects from the Landscape Priorities Fund focussing on water in the landscape and deer control, and also funding from the Australian Government’s Agrifutures project, the LC Landscape Board has secured nearly one million dollars of additional investment for our region.”
“Fiona and Peter are joining the LC Landscape Board at an exciting time.”
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