Our region's plan

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Plan

Under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 (the Act), the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape region is serviced by a Board of the same name. 

This Act refers to South Australia’s landscapes as being made up of three parts:

  • the natural environment, including our rivers and plains, forests and hills, coasts and seas, as well as the built environment
  • our natural resources, such as land, soil, water resources, native vegetation, animals and ecosystems
  • the different ways that people value and interact with their environment, including environmental, social, cultural and economic values.

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. 

During the transitional year from 1 July 2020 to 1 July 2021, our region will be working on developing the new five year regional landscape plan. While that new landscape plan is under development, the Act allows the landscape board to continue delivery of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Plan (NRM plan).

The Act intends for new plans to be simpler and more connected to on-ground actions and outcomes.  Thinking and operating at a landscape scale achieves the best outcomes from practical, on-ground works.  It recognises that the issues we face in our regions operate at larger scales than individual properties or patches of bushland, and across public and private land.  Using whole-of-landscape approach, we will continue to work with land managers, stakeholders and organisations to achieve substantial, visible and long-lasting results. 

Identifying the five priorities for the region will be a key step in developing a new plan; our regional community will help do this, ensuring that priorities are relevant and appropriate. 

A new, simpler planning framework will connect the new regional landscape plan to the state landscape strategy, an annual business plan and the water allocation plans. 

A business plan detailing the income, priorities of the landscape board and how investment will be allocated has been developed for the transitional year of 2020-2021. This business plan was adopted by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board on 15 May 2020

The NRM plan is complemented by a regional action plan (RAP), which identifies local priorities and actions that can be used by a range of organisations and groups working in the region. This plan is an online tool and was developed with valuable contributions from many committed individuals and organisations in the region.

The plans:

NRM plan sets out a vision for how we can work together to secure a healthy environment that supports a diverse economy as well as the wellbeing of our communities, ecosystems, soils and water resources. It is a plan for community, business and government.

Landscape business plan is a one year plan that outlines how the landscape board will invest the money it raises through levies and other funding sources to achieve outcomes identified in the strategic plan.

Regional Action Plan is a 3-5 year plan that provides information that can be used by a range of individuals, groups and organisations with an interest in landscape management, at local and regional scales, to guide investment priorities, inform project planning, form new partnerships, and identify areas of shared interest.

For more information or specific enquiries, please contact us on 08 8532 9100 or email MRenquiries@sa.gov.au

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