CCSA response to the Draft Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan.
The following is a summary of CCSA recommendations:
1. CCSA strongly recommends that this plan also document a commitment to prepare an integrated surface and ground water Plan for the Lower Limestone Coast during the next five years for implementation in 2018. In the meantime, CCSA recommends that the economic, social and environmental risks be listed so that all stakeholders have the opportunity to manage their assets and future investments wisely.
2. CCSA recommends that allocations be progressively reduced to a sustainable portion of the sustainable yield (Target Management Limit) that has been identified as available to allocate.
3. CCSA recommends that the Board increases the allocation of water to a) the environment and b) the conservation needs of groundwater-dependent ecosystems and priority wetlands.
CCSA recommends that the Plan increases the buffer zone around wetlands and groundwater dependent ecosystem in accordance with the best available ecological and hydrogeological knowledge.
4. CCSA strongly recommends that the Aboriginal representative groups in this region are consulted; that the cultural water values and needs of aboriginal people are documented and provided for, as soon as possible and before the Final Plan is completed
5. CCSA recommends that adequate resources should be allocated to the monitoring, evaluation and reporting tasks in an ongoing way.
The Draft State NRM Plan was signed off by the NRM Council in April 2012 with the Plan launch scheduled for June 2012 pending cabinet approval. A Program plan is being developed for each of the ten priorities that have been identified for action at a state level. This would see each priority having three (or so) actions/milestones against it and identification of an agency responsible for reporting back to the NRM Council on progress. There will be a register of comments and relevant response to comments formally submitted during the consultation phase at the release of the plan. For further information contact the CCSA NRM Facilitator on 8223 5155.
Uranium SA have advised that 0n August 5 they lodged an 800 page Retention Lease Application with the South Australian State Government to undertake an In-Situ Recovery Field Trial (ISR-FT) to confirm the results of its metallurgical test work and establish design parameters for future uranium yellowcake production.
If approved, a Retention lease could be issued by December 2011 and a trial uranium mining process may start in early 2012.
In our submission on the Protected Areas on Private Lands Discussion Paper, the Conservation Council of SA outlined five areas of concern about the initiative:The need for support and assistance to private landowners Planning for the future of pastoral land The role of mining in South Australia's pastoral lands. Mining on private protected areas Non compliance Click here to download a copy of the submission [PDF]
The draft fo the Cape Gantheaume Fire Management Plan recently came up for comment. The Conservation Council put forward comments on the plan, to download our comments click here [PDF].
Following the site contamination at Edwardstown, Shadow Environment Minister Michelle Lensink initiated inquiry into the operation of the EPA. The Conservation Council of SA put forward a submission for the inquiry.
Our submission draws from the Blueprint referred to above and highlights five major points of concernResources for the EPA Information Access for the community The Site Contamination processes of the EPA Providing a Voice for the Community Coverage of the EPA
In addition, the submission highlights a number of suggestions for improvements to the Act should legislative change to the Act be considered by the Inquiry.
Conservation Council SA comments on Adelaide City Council Draft Business Plan and Budget for 2011/12
In this letter, we welcome the Council's sustainability commitments in its Business Plan, but suggest that it should focus on improving safety for cyclists, educating its citizens on lowering their ecological footprint and making a transition to street trees that provide either food for local consumption or habitat for native species.
Caring for our Country (CfOC) is a Federal Government inititative which funds projects across the country to achieve national targets. Funding supports natural resource management (NRM) groups, local, state and territory governments, Indigenous groups, industry bodies, land managers, farmers, Landcare groups and communites. This Program is currently under review in these key areas: the effectiveness of the program, achievements to date and options for NRM delivery in the future.This is our response to the discussion paper 'The Review of Caring for our Country - Australia's natural resource management investment initiative'. Further information
Our response to the Development of the South Para Fire Management Plan.
In this submission, Conservation SA expresses a number of concerns with the draft strategy, which has targets to increase the number of visitors to our national parks and reserves, and also the range of commercial enterprises within them. The draft document does not currently acknowledge that the primary purpose of Parks is to protect our unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Additional human activity within Parks must not be at the expense of conservation outcomes, and the visitor strategy must ensure this is the case.
This framework will be a guiding document for how the whole South Australian community prepares and adapts to inevitable climate change. Latest climate change projections indicate the level of change will be quite significant. In this submission, amongst other things we argue that the Government needs to be upfront and realistic about this to walk its own talk and allow the community to understand exactly what action will be needed.
This is our response to the AMLR NRM board Annual Business Plan Review 2011-14
The Federal Government is looking at urban planning policy - see Conservation SA's vision for how our cities can be made sustainable for the future.
The Federal Government has developed a Carbon Farming Initiative which will allow farmers, forest growers and landholders access to domestic voluntary and international carbon markets. This is the first time, a Federal Government will help facilitate the sale of carbon credits on domestic and international markets.
The consultation paper (PDF 902 KB) | (Word 1.26 MB) is the first step in a dialogue with stakeholders about the Carbon Farming Initiative. It describes and seeks stakeholder feedback on a range of options in relation to the design of the scheme.
The inaugural Plan was launched in March, 2004, it was updated in 2006 and the Government of South Australia has just completed its formal consultations on the development of the next Strategic Plan.
Conservation SA contributed in a number of ways, including; Providing our top five issues as conversation starters at community consultationsParticipating at (public and alliance/peak body) workshopsProviding a submission for the second round of SASP consultations (closed Wednesday 8 December 2010)We are also anticipating that we will have further opportunities to discuss the next SASP before a final version is released. If you would like to discuss this with us further or want to provide us with your thoughts on the next SASP please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation Council of South Australia's objection to the Kangaroo Island helicopter joy-flights proposal.
Conservation SA made a submission to the Development Assessment Panel on Kangaroo Island to object to the proposal (Development Application Number 520/238/09) to operate helicopter joy flights on allotment 4, Plan DP18009, Hundred of Mc Donald.
CCSA response to AMLR NRM Board Draft Investment Plan 2010/11-2012/13.
The NRM Act (2004) requires NRM Boards to annually review the Business plan for the next 3 years. This is a response to this review.
Key comments : communication, partnerships, meaningful consultation.
Code of Practice for the Management of Native Vegetation to Reduce the Impact of Bushfire
EPBC Referral 2008/4618 SA DEH / NRM Lake Alexandrina and the Coorong Opening the barrage network separating the lakes.
Senate Inquiry into the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999)