A Arid Lands Landscape Board launches new strategic plan

New Plan: At the launch of the SA Arid Lands Landscape Boards five-year strategic plan were, from left, Scott Michael, Ellen Litchfield, Jodie Gregg-Smith, Ross Sawers, Minister Speirs, Tim Flowers and Kurt Tschirner.
New Plan: At the launch of the SA Arid Lands Landscape Boards five-year strategic plan were, from left, Scott Michael, Ellen Litchfield, Jodie Gregg-Smith, Ross Sawers, Minister Speirs, Tim Flowers and Kurt Tschirner.

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The local SA Arid Lands Landscape Board will be focusing on climate risk as part of their new strategic plan.

The plan was launched last week at the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, attended by board employees and Minister for Environment and Water David Spears.

The new plan details the board's priorities and will guide its investment for the five years until 2026.

Major focuses of the new plan included :

  • Providing land managers with the knowledge and skills they need to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  • Planning, research & leveraging infrastructure investment to support the judicious use of groundwater .
  • Maintaining hydrogeology to protect Great Artesian Basin springs and groundwater-dependent ecosystems .
  • Addressing the threat of excessive total grazing pressure.
  • Taking action for threatened species and ecosystem recovery.
  • First Nations partnerships supporting cross-cultural knowledge sharing and landscape management outcomes.

The Landscape Board stated the new plan is based "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."

SA Arid Lands Landscape Board Presiding Member Ross Sawers said the community has been key through the drafting process.

"The new five year strategic landscape plan positions us for a very busy and exciting future in supporting the key regional priorities," he said.

Minister Speirs said the historic reform is putting communities at the heart of resources management.

"I look forward to seeing Landscape Boards across the state deliver our back-to-basics approach in partnership with the wider community," he said.