“If you’re fortunate enough to have a patch of remnant scrub and you get involved in fencing if off, looking after it, learning about it, it actually value adds, to me, the whole rural experience. Instead of just having an interest now in farming or beef cattle, I’ve now got a conservation interest.” – Kym, hobby farmer.
If you think you have a Fleurieu Peninsula Swamp on your property (it doesn’t matter if you aren’t completely sure), there are people that can visit your property and help you assess. Alternatively, if you already know you have a Fleurieu Peninsula Swamp on your property but you need help managing it, staff from Conservation SA will be able to provide you with advice about weeding regimes and management, as well as being able to point you towards possible funding opportunities. For more information, contact Tim Vale on (08) 8552 0309 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that due to limited resources the Recovery Program prioritises sites for actions. The first step will be an assessment to determine whether your Swamp or MLRSEW habitat is a priority.
At present, the Recovery Program only has funding to work in the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region, not the Natural Resources South Australian Murray Darling Basin region.
Inappropriate management practices may damage the swamps (particularly the biodiversity and sustainability) so it is always safest to check before engaging in modification of a swamp or changing management practices.
The Commonwealth’s EPBC Act and the South Australian Native Vegetation Act 1991 are two crucial pieces of legislation for landholders who have swamps on their property. You will need to consider this legislation before clearing any swamp or changing the land use. Removing native vegetation, slashing, burning and changing grazing regimes or land use are all activities that may require approvals. You should also be aware that the SA Natural Resources Management Act 2004 regulates water and weed control activities that may affect swamps (especially swamps containing gorse and blackberry).
For more information on how these Acts may impact you as a landholder, visit:
The Department of Environment website or contact the Department of Environment's Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) Managing Natural Resources: Native Vegetation website. For specific advice about native vegetation regulations associated with agriculture contact the SA NVC Secretariat on (08) 8303 9777
there is also regional support available, contact Natural Resource AMLR on (08) 8550 3400.
As Fleurieu Swamps are water dependant ecosystems, reductions in rainfall or interruption of surface water has the potential to impact on Fleurieu Swamps. Water allocation plans can play a crucial role in ensuring long terms supply of water to Swamps. For further information on WAPs click here.
Disclaimer: This guide is not a substitute for proper legal advice. The legislation changes regularly and some details have been omitted in order to provide a brief overview. Contact the appropriate Government Department or your solicitor for more detailed legal advice.
- 'What does legislation about Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps mean to me?'
- 'Do you have Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps on your land?'
- 'Fencing and grazing Fleurieu Peninsula swamps'
- 'Caring for our Fleurieu Swamps, FACT SHEET 2: A guide to healthy swamps'
- 'Caring for our Fleurieu Swamps, FACT SHEET 3: Managing swamp weeds'