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Tuesday 16 June 2015


Members of the Native Vegetation Council at CMV Farms near Langhorne Creek with Manager Phil Reilly (centre)

During May, the Native Vegetation Council (NVC) toured part of the Adelaide Mount Lofty region and surrounds as part of the annual visits it conducts.

The aim of the visits is to view sites where the Native Vegetation Council have invested funds for clearance offsetting from the Significant Environmental Benefit (SEB) Fund; to view progress of clearance approvals and community projects of note; to engage with the community at forums.

The main sites visited were:

• Site clearance for the approved SE Freeway access at Bald Hills Road Mount Barker, where Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure staff discussed design changes to reduce the construction footprint and minimise the impact on trees. The group then moved to view proposed locations within the area of District Council of Mount Barker to provide significant environmental benefit via offsetting grants.

• CMV Farms near Langhorne Creek where a 2002 clearance approval granted to the site has led to an enormous expansion of revegetation work far beyond the original offset requirements. The application was for clearance of 24 trees on a 450ha property for vineyards. Offset requirement was for 750 trees to be replanted involving 6 different species. The 750 trees has increased to 20,000 via direct seeding and tube stock with revegetation continuing.

• At Currency Creek the NVC toured the recent purchase site of the Nature Foundation SA ‘Watchalunga'; a nature reserve protecting a good portion of wetlands of the Finniss River and habitat of the Southern Emu Wren. We heard about plans to manage and establish more suitable habitat for this and other threatened species.

• Friends of Moores Road, Norton Summit showcased their work on the Morialta to Coralinga Biolink Project where they are linking private landholdings to allow movement of native flora and fauna across the landscape with habitat enhancement. This is a Landcare group that has targeted weed control focussing on Ixia, Phalaris, Gorse and Broom. Two significant fauna species sighted include the Southern Brown Bandicoot and the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (both endangered). Two rare flora species have been identified (at State level) along with seven species that are uncommon within the Mount Lofty Ranges.

• Improving biodiversity on properties surrounding and including Cromer Conservation Parks west and east. The sites have received SEB grants over several years and this visit provided the opportunity to view progress on several sites.

Community forums were held at Mount Barker and Gawler where broad representation attended to hear about policy consultation topics and have their questions answered. Later in the year it is proposed to visit the Eyre Peninsula region.


We are pleased to announce the creation of 13 maps to show across the State, where precisely the Native Vegetation Act 1991 applies (including 2013 amendments).

The downloadable maps are available without cost as A3 PDF versions on the Enviro Data website of SA government below.

The overall State map covers all SA, while the remaining 12 Local Council areas provide the breakdown of those Councils (largely metropolitan) where there is a mix of locations where the Act does and does not apply.

An interactive map for professional use is available via NatureMaps

https://data.environment.sa.gov.au SouthAustralia-A3.pdf













A simpler version of the State map in different sizes and formats is available for brochures or fact sheets on request via nvc@sa.gov.au or phoning 8303 9679.


The Native Vegetation Act 1991 was amended in 2013 to introduce increased flexibility in the delivery of significant environmental benefit offsets for vegetation clearance and to provide for certain administrative and governance improvements.

The amendments relating to significant environmental benefit offsets require regulations to support those provisions. The Native Vegetation (Credit for Environmental Benefits) Regulations 2015 (the Drafted Regulations) have been created and are now available for consultation till 10 July.

It is the intention of the Native Vegetation (Credit for Environmental Benefits) Regulations 2015 to:

• set out the process for accrediting third party providers and the administrative requirements additional to those in the Act with which an accredited third party provider must comply;

• establish a scheme to account for the application of any significant environmental benefit credit to a clearance consent and set out information that must be kept in a register relating to the credit, assignment and third party establishment of environmental benefits; and

• establish fees associated with the third party accreditation scheme and the establishment and assignment of credit and make certain consequential amendments to the regulations.

The Native Vegetation Council hereby invite members of the public to make comment on the Drafted Regulation via the Have Your Say website of DEWNR. Please feel free to distribute this information to your relevant stakeholders.

Enquiries and comments must be made in writing, either using the electronic form or by post or email to:

Adam Schutz Coordinator, Governance and Administration, Native Vegetation Management Unit Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. GPO Box 1047 ADELAIDE SA 5001 nvc@sa.gov.au Community consultation closes: Friday 10 July 2015


Hiltaba Hill outlook

Brenton Grear (Executive Director, Conservation and Land Management Branch), Russell Seaman and Melanie Carson (Native Vegetation Management Unit) attended the opening of a new walking trail at the Hiltaba property of Nature Foundation SA in the Gawler Rangers.

The former sheep station is 780 square kilometres adjacent to the Gawler Ranges National Park. Already, 21 new species of spiders have been found there.

The trip was particularly special as one of our past employees, Damien Pearce who passed away 5 years ago was passionate about this landscape and drove many initiatives to improve management.

Hiltaba will eventually be open to the public but work needs to be done beforehand to make sure visitors are comfortable and that the area is protected. For more information on Hiltaba and Damien’s work see recent ABC news coverage


A new blog has been launched by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources that aims to connect South Australians with their local environment. The item on ‘native gardening’ is particularly relevant. DEWNR Goodliving Blog

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