The Marshall Government’s significant reform of natural resource management is underway, with getting back to basics and putting local community at the heart of decision-making a focus of the discussion paper released today.
From today members of the public can visit the YourSAy website to comment on the proposed reforms which also include repealing the NRM Act, capping NRM levies and establishing a new $2 million grassroots fund.
“In the lead up to the election in March, South Australians made it clear that NRM wasn’t delivering in their local communities – the system was broken,” said Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs.
“The previous Labor Government ignored our regions for 16 years and dropped the ball on natural resources management which meant regional communities lost confidence in the current system.
“Over time natural resources management has become too centralised, overly complex and has not been delivering for the people of this state.
“The Marshall Liberal Government’s reforms will put local communities back at the heart of sustaining, conserving and revitalising the state’s natural resources.
“Our reforms will focus on repealing the current Act and establishing new Landscape SA Boards, which will get back to the basics of soil quality, pest control, and water management.
“We want to empower local communities, ensuring they are part of the solution to the way in which our natural resources are managed.
“While the government has a strong vision for these reforms, it’s critical that South Australians across the state have their say on the future of natural resources management.
“The stakeholder and community opinions, ideas and feedback we’ll be gathering in coming weeks will be critical in shaping this major reform of our natural resources management system.
“People can make a submission, register for one of our workshops over the coming months and help us to reset natural resources management.
“I encourage all South Australians to have their say on these critical reforms.”
Discussion papers and other information, including a schedule of engagement events and how to register is available on the YourSAy website: www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/landscape-reform
Community forums will be held from 6 August 2018 until 20 September 2018, with the closing date for submissions Monday 15 October 2018.