What do you think of the draft Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Plan?

We want your feedback about the draft Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Plan (draft Plan) which sets the vision and priorities for the region to achieve sustainable landscape management.

The draft Plan, and Supporting documents, focus on the region’s key landscape requirements and the programs that will be delivered across all priority areas of:

  • land 
  • water
  • nature
  • climate
  • community

When providing your feedback, be specific about the elements or themes you support most. Eg. the Vision, the overall breadth of the plan or particular Focus Areas or Strategies.

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Dalton Dupuy

15 Apr 2021

Despite your “best” efforts this plan is laughable. It does not reflect best practice for land management and is not evidence based.
The board is like a “friends group” for the sitting government with little or no expertise in the environment, agricultural science or climate research.
At the very least the section on land needs to include a major reafforrestation target with corridors for wildlife crisscrossing the district.
And agricultural extension officers with up to date training on best practice needs to be provided by Primary Industry budget.
Water monitoring to ensure environmental flows is essential.
And the section on climate must provide for the subsidised transition to electric vehicles away from fossil fuel consumption.
And as has been known for a long while a public transport system that runs on renewable energy is required.
A supportive strategy for Nature would be to place a moratorium on commercial fishing in both gulfs for 4-5 years.
In the past the board has done little beside shoot native animals, poison roadsides, issue water licences and talk. This plan is politicised almost irrelevant document with no respect or inclusion of community.
Try again!

Chris Grant

15 Apr 2021

We thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Draft Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Plan.

The National Trust of SA owns and manages nine reserve for conservation and recreation in the Hills and Fleurieu region, some of which we have managed since the 1950’s. We have a long history of management for biodiversity conservation, volunteer engagement and minimal disturbance bushcare.

1. This document includes a number of worthy objectives and high level strategies but is lacking in depth. Rather than being a plan, it is more like a framework for a plan.
2. We strongly support the statements on page 4, and would like to see more concrete statements regarding delivery of these goals. We agree there is need for “urgent and ambitious action” and for this document to qualify as a Plan, it should give some indications of what that action will be.
3. Similarly, page 5 identifies correctly many challenges, but does not have a plan to address them.
4. As with all documents of this type there are many ways of “slicing the cake” – ie of determining how to structure the document. This one chooses Land / Water / Nature / Climate / Community as the major topics. The Land and Water components tend to be production-focussed and I’m not sure that the way the document is structured actually fosters an integrated approach. Nature and climate aspects should perhaps be infused throughout not separated out.
5. Under Climate, the Hills and Fleurieu document includes little (nothing?) about potential sea level rise and its potential impacts upon coastal and estuarine biodiversity, as well as infrastructure.
6. More specifically, there is no particular reference to the highly fragmented nature of the region’s remnant native vegetation. Linking with this, strategies such as “Undertake controlled burns to improve the health of fire-dependent ecosystems” need very careful attention. Prescribed burning in fragmented landscapes is a complicated, vexed issue. Similarly, the strategy “Coordination of roadside weed and vegetation management” can be interpreted in many ways, whereas a comment on the importance of remnant roadside vegetation and the need to protect and enhance its biodiversity values would be more welcome.
7. It needs to address the significant problem resulting from ongoing incremental loss of native vegetation, further increasing fragmentation and reducing available native vegetation.
8. Dealing with the ambiguity of weeds control on roadsides is commendable, but it should also include the vexed issue of weed control in rail corridors.
9. It fails to recognise or acknowledge the role and importance of small landcare groups for achieving most of the aims of this plan.

Thank you again for the opportunity to comment.
Chris Grant
National Trust of SA

Ben Ryan

11 Apr 2021

I am concerned that our thinking is so short term, and our solutions tend to treat symptoms we need to be thinking generations not years. Every decision we make to alter our landscape needs to have this filter. If we destroy our environment we destroy ourselves. Our human impact is a given, but can be in harmony if we want it to be. Good quality air is a must, good quality water is a must, nutrient dense food is a must, without these things life is grim and needs artificial support. If we design our region so that it is every ones responsibility to understand and feel connected, our actions will hopefully reflect that. As we have become more and more demanding on material wealth our connection to human and environmental health has declined, if we had truly progressed our mental and physical health would have become better without the need for medication.
These are big picture thoughts and its easy to say its more than we can tackle at a regional level but if I am close to being correct why not make our region an example to the world.
Lets treat our problems and not focus on symptoms.

Nigel Atkin

09 Apr 2021

With High Density Development occurring in the Fleurieu Peninsular we should be more mindful of the impact on Nature and the Harmony we as Humans have, thus ensuring our current Open Spaces are improved and maintained and any future developments are in keeping with this ethos
Far too many areas are losing Plants, Birds and Animals when they are usually the first ones to inhabit the areas, we can and must work to maintain this environment