New strategic plan to guide the work of the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board

Posted 15 September 2021.

The work of the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board will be guided by a new strategic plan launched today.

The plan, which details the board’s priorities and will guide its investment for five years until 2026, was adopted by the Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs late in July.

The plan identifies the board’s priorities as: Climate resilient region; Water management; Sustainable land management; Protecting and enhancing biodiversity; and People and partnerships.

It was founded on the feedback the board received from community members through planning workshops with district Landscape Groups, contributions to the former NRM Plan and feedback on the Water Allocation Plan and other recent outback community consultation processes.

The Strategic Plan sits alongside a one year Business Plan that details the Board’s expected income and expenditure for the next 12 months.

SA Arid Lands Landscape Board Presiding Member Ross Sawers said the Board’s relationships with the community and its partnerships are foundational to its priorities and in the development of a plan that is simple, clear and echoes and reflects many voices and values.

“The new five year strategic landscape plan positions us for a very busy and exciting future in supporting the key regional priorities while valuing the people and partnerships formed in achieving our work together,” he said.

Minister Speirs said the historic Landscape SA reform is putting communities back at the heart of natural resources management and the Landscape Plans are a key part of that.

“I look forward to seeing Landscape Boards across the state deliver our back-to-basics approach in partnership with the wider community.”

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