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This area supports irrigated agriculture, dairy farming, cropping, fishing and tourism centred on the lakes.

This subregion supports; irrigated agriculture, dairy farming, broad acre cropping, fishing and water-based tourism. Much of the native vegetation has been cleared and the remaining native vegetation provides important habitat for a number of threatened species. The farming community has a strong connection to the Lower Lakes.

This page provides an overview of the things people value about the landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles of the Meningie - Tailem Bend subregion, what is driving change, and what needs to be worked on to ensure the values supported by natural resources persist for the future.

What makes this subregion special

Some of the features we value in the Meningie-Tailem Bend subregion that are supported by natural resources include:

  • Aboriginal cultural values
  • 'Lifestyle' values: rural-living, family history, understanding each other, strong community cohesion and water-related activities
  • natural beauty and spiritual values of the Ramsar wetlands
  • secure freshwater supplies from the Lower Lakes for domestic and industrial use
  • agricultural production from dryland farming; cropping and grazing
  • commercial and recreational fishing
  • tourism associated with Ramsar wetlands, European and indigenous history
  • biodiversity conservation, including threatened species and ecological communities of national significance.

Drivers of change

The main drivers of change to natural resources identified in the Meningie – Tailem Bend subregion are:

  • declining population
  • corporatisation of farms
  • high water costs
  • climate change.

Impacts of climate change

Potential natural resource impacts of climate change projections in the  Meningie – Tailem Bend subregion include:

  • reduced inflows to the lakes affecting water quality and accessibility
  • declining winter rainfall, increase in daily mean, minimum and maximum temperatures and increase in frequency of heatwaves affecting crops and pastures, native vegetation, soil health and erosion risk
  • rising sea levels may reverse flows to the lakes and increase salinity of the lakes.

What we need to work on

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