Comment sought on draft camel grazing guidelines
Image courtesy of Primary Industries and Regions SA
The Native Vegetation Council is seeking feedback from the pastoral community and industry on draft guidelines which set out requirements for approving commercial camel grazing.
One of the main legislative requirements before camel grazing can occur on the rangelands, is to ensure compliance with the Native Vegetation Act 1991 and the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989.
Under the Native Vegetation Regulation 5(1)(zh), guidelines are required to be developed to stipulate the information that must be included in a management plan that forms part an application to change a grazing regime or stock type.
There are two guidelines:
Changing of Stock Species to Camels for Land Held under Pastoral Lease;
Clearance by Grazing - Changing Stock Species.
The draft guidelines are the result of a collaboration between members of the Council and staff of Natural Resources SA of both the Arid Lands and Alinytjara Wilurara, Pastoral Board, the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and Primary Industries and Regions SA.
A two month public consultation process is underway to give the community and industry a chance to comment on the requirements set out in the draft guidelines. Readers of NVC eNews are invited to comment.
What types of things are in the guidelines?
The main items fall under the headings of:
Vegetation and landscape assessement
Proposed management including risk such as impact management, fencing, dry times management etc.
How to provide comment
The guidelines are available on the Have Your Say link on the DEWNR home page of the website for comment till 6 May 2015.
The website has an online submission form that remains anonymous unless details are provided. Alternatively, copies can be requested via email@example.com or phoning 8303 9777.
Comment is invited on both or either guideline. Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to those who may be interesting in commenting.