At the southernmost end of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM region, the Fleurieu Peninsula contains the iconic Fleurieu Swamps and a diverse natural landscape of plateaus, valleys and ranges, hosting natural vegetation communities largely cleared for grazing.
Victor Harbor, the largest urban centre on the Fleurieu Peninsula, has one of the fastest population growth rates in South Australia and highest median age of any local government area, principally driven by ‘sea change’ retirees. However, the overall population of the subregion is low, leaving a small pool from which to source volunteers for a large area with much natural resources management work to be done.
Closed shrubland and lower rainfall grassy woodland are in decline, and several plant communities, and flora and fauna species are threatened.
Local watercourses, such as the Hindmarsh, Inman and Myponga rivers, are used for irrigation and stock watering; the area is prescribed as part of the Western Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources Area.