Murraylands natural resources management enters new era

Posted 15 February 2020.

Murraylands and Riverland natural resources management will enter a new era with the appointment of Di Davidson as the Presiding Member to lead the new Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board.

The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board is one of nine new regional landscape boards, which will, from July, administer the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019, including a new metropolitan landscape board, Green Adelaide.

The Landscape SA reforms deliver on another election commitment for the Marshall Liberal Government, paving the way for a back-to-basics approach to how we manage our natural resources.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new boards will play a crucial role across our regions by partnering with community groups, local government and industry to ensure our state’s regional landscapes and farming industries are thriving, resilient and sustainable.

“We went to the election with a commitment to deliver better natural resources management and that’s what we are getting on with doing,” said Minister Speirs.

“The recent devastating bushfires and ongoing drought conditions have highlighted just how important the management of our landscapes is to support our state’s economy and resilience of our regional communities.

“The new boards are designed to deliver a stronger, back-to-basics system with an emphasis on effective water management, pest plant and animal control and soil and land management.

“The appointments of new Presiding Members come following the successful passing of the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 and the creation of new landscape regions, paving the way for the Marshall Liberal Government to reform natural resources management and give local communities a greater say in how levies are spent.  

“These respected community leaders have been appointed based on their connection with regional communities, industry knowledge and experience in the management of our state’s landscapes.”

Community members interested in becoming a Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board member are encouraged to register their interest, with applications open until 6 March 2020 at

Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick encouraged those with a passion for natural resources management in the Murraylands and Riverland to apply.

“I congratulate Ms Davidson on her appointment as Presiding Member,” said Mr Pederick.

“The new Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board will have a back-to-basics approach when it comes to our natural environment and will ensure that the local community has a far greater say in its management.

“This is a new era for natural resources management in the Murraylands and Riverland and we need strategic thinkers with significant industry knowledge and experience to join the new board.”

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Presiding Member Di Davidson said she was looking forward to guiding the region through this transitionary period and ensuring continued delivery of services on-ground while board member elections and other implementation activities are undertaken.

“Our role will be to work alongside community members and landowners to deliver practical, on-ground programs through a range of partnerships, for example, with farming systems groups, environmental organisations, Aboriginal communities and local councils,” said Ms Davidson.

“The new board will have greater autonomy and flexibility to respond to local issues, so the focus for us will be on how we can best support local communities and land managers to be directly responsible for managing our local landscapes and natural resources.”

Initially all board members will be appointed by the Minister, but from 2022 three out of seven members will be elected by the community (except for the specialist board Green Adelaide and the Alinytjara Wilurara board, which is already represented by select regional leaders).

The Murraylands and Riverland landscape management region extends from where the River Murray crosses the border into South Australia, through the northern Mallee to the foot of the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges; from the Rangelands in the north to the southern Mallee and Murray Mouth in the south.

The region covers approximately 53,780 square kilometres and includes the following local councils areas:

  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Coorong District Council
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • The Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Berri Barmera Council
  • District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Mid Murray Council.

To ensure a smooth transition for regional communities, NRM services will continue to be delivered under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 until the new Act 2019 is fully operational on 1 July 2020.

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