The Marshall Liberal Government has today officially launched a review of South Australia's Pastoral Act seeking feedback on how we can create greater productivity from the 410,000 square kilometres of pastoral rangelands.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said a discussion paper has been released asking for feedback on the current Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989.
"The Pastoral Act is outdated and has not been reviewed since it was established 30 years ago," said Minister Whetstone.
"Since the Act was established there has been major change in farming practices and the adoption of technology on-farm, so this review is a much-needed step in realising greater opportunities for the pastoral lands in South Australia.
"The Marshall Liberal Government wants to grow livestock activities on our pastoral areas and capitalise on the economic opportunities these vast lands represent.
"The use of the pastoral rangelands, which covers 40 per cent of the state, contributes to South Australia's economy and industry, and is important for Aboriginal culture and supporting local communities.
"At the heart of the review is ensuring that South Australia realises the greatest value from the pastoral rangelands, while continuing to maintain the condition of the land.
"Being flexible about land use will allow businesses to diversify, to better manage income and risk, and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
"This will need to be balanced with the necessity of maintaining the condition of the land for future generations, and recognising the rights of existing users."
Key stakeholders and people with an interest in the pastoral rangelands are invited to take part in the review of the Act and provide their views on its future management.
Following this initial consultation period, a draft of the new legislation will be prepared for public review.
Visit yoursay.sa.gov.au/pastoral-rangelands to access the consultation discussion paper and online survey. Consultation closes 5pm 13 September 2019.