Pastoral Act review

Following the transfer of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, a review of the Act is being conducted by the State Government.

Pastoral land in South Australia covers 410,000 square kilometres of the state, comprising 324 leases. The management, condition and use of pastoral lands is provided for in the Act.

The review of the Act is being led by PIRSA and provides an opportunity to consider how the value of this significant portion of South Australia can be best realised.

The use of the pastoral rangelands contributes to South Australia’s economy and industry, and is important for Aboriginal culture and supporting local communities. However, the current legislation allows only for very specific uses. To futureproof this landscape and those that depend on it, we are considering how flexibility for a range of uses can be supported.

This could include mixed uses, where a lease is used for multiple purposes, such as grazing, tourism and energy production, for example. Being flexible about land use will allow businesses to diversify to better manage income and risk and take advantage of opportunities as they arise, however this will need to be balanced with the necessity of maintaining the condition of the land for future generations. Reviewing the Act will help ensure the approach to pastoral land management meets industry and government priorities and facilitates industry growth and productivity, while ensuring we maintain land condition.

Discussion paper now open for consultation

Consultation is now open on the review of the current Pastoral Act.

The discussion paper and feedback survey are now available on the YourSAy website. Please read the discussion paper and consider the questions posed before completing the survey.

Your submission may be made publicly available unless you indicate you wish for it to remain confidential.

Consultation closes 5:00pm Friday 13 September 2019.


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