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With rolling hills, sweeping coastal views and a range of cottage industries

This subregion is a popular destination for tourists. The Fleurieu Peninsula has rolling hills and coastal views, and is known for its cottage and niche industries and clean, green, local food production. The precious Fleurieu Swamps support plants and animals unique to the area and are of national significance. The majority of this sub-region lies within the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM region, with only the northern-most strip in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

This page provides an overview of the things people value about the landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles of the Southern Fleurieu 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 Southern Fleurieu subregion that are supported by natural resources include:

  • Aboriginal cultural values
  • ‘Lifestyle’ values; semi-rural living with high level of services and within close proximity to Adelaide
  • natural beauty; landscape aesthetic associated with patchwork of land uses and a long coastline
  • high rainfall, high productivity farming area with high production from irrigated viticulture, dairies, horticulture and grazing, a diversity of farming types
  • mining and quarrying around Mount Compass
  • tourism associated with the coast and cultural values
  • biodiversity conservation, including threatened species and ecological communities of national significance such as the Fleurieu swamps.

Drivers of change

The main drivers of change to natural resources identified in the Southern Fleurieu subregion are:

  • access to markets and changing commodity prices; business diversification resulting in increases in tourism, boutique food and wine; increasing demand for milk, beef and lamb
  • increasing demand for lifestyle blocks
  • climate change
  • proximity to Adelaide via new roads influencing urban growth.

Impacts of climate change

Potential natural resource impacts of climate change projections in the Southern Fleurieu sub-region include:

  • decline in winter rainfall, increase in daily mean, minimum and maximum temperatures and increase in frequency of heatwaves affecting agricultural production, habitat condition, soil health and erosion risk
  • decreasing water availability impacting on health of aquatic ecosystems
  • changes in presence and distribution of  weed species
  • increased fire intensity and frequency may favour 'coloniser' species.

What we need to work on

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