Meet our members

Community representatives

Ross Sawers has been appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water as the Presiding Member of the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board.

His role will be to support the establishment of the new Landscape Board and implement the government’s NRM reform agenda.

Ross has also been appointed to oversee the SA Arid Lands NRM Board as a single member board up until 1 July 2020. This will involve administering the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 in the lead up to the commencement of the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019.

This arrangement ensures certainty and a smooth transition for communities and land users across the regions, with current NRM services continuing to be delivered as normal until new the Act officially commences.

Following 1 July 2020, the NRM Act and Board will no longer exist and be replaced by the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board, with Ross Sawers as presiding member.

For more information visit the Landscape SA website.



Ross Sawers

Presiding Member, SA Arid Lands Landscape Board

Ross has worked in consultancy for the mining, oil and gas industry in South Australia and the Northern Territory since 2006, starting his time in the industry at Prominent Hill.

Ross has a family pastoral property in the North East Pastoral district of SA and is well known around the region in both pastoral and mining networks.

He has held a number of roles, including for the Northern Regional Development Board, in youth employment and in the wool industry.

He was a Board Member of the SA Arid Lands Natural Resource Management Board for eight years, until two years ago and is also a former Board Member of the Regional Development Australia Far North (SA) Board.

A practitioner of land access and community relations, Ross is able to quickly identify key issues and develop suitable strategies to ensure organisations are able to achieve key outcomes.

He also has experience in communicating and establishing networks with indigenous, farming and local communities with a long history and understanding of the more remote and isolated communities across South Australia.