Living Flinders - community action planning

The Living Flinders project addresses critical conservation issues in the southern Flinders Ranges. The project area covers 1.3 million hectares of internationally significant landscape that stretches from the coast of Port Pirie in the south, to the edge of Wilpena Pound in the north.

The region contains some of Australia’s most ancient natural landscapes is a national hotspot for native plants and animals, including the vulnerable yellow-footed rock-wallaby and critically endangered peppermint box and grey box grassy woodlands. The wide diversity of habitat ranges from arid ecosystems, mallee scrub and nationally endangered woodlands and grasslands to ephemeral creek systems, seagrass meadows and mangroves.

Serious threats to the biodiversity of the region include:

  • introduced animals including goats, foxes and rabbits
  • environmental weeds including bridal creeper, wheel cactus and African boxthorn
  • unsustainable stock grazing regimes
  • inappropriate fire regimes
  • inappropriate coastal development and access
  • historical land clearance

The Living Flinders project is a collaboration between local landholders, non-government and government organisations. Living Flinders is an important part of the South Australian Government’s Flinders-Olary NatureLinks and the Trans-Australia Eco-Link.

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