Kangaroo Island Landscape Board chairman Andrew Heinrich welcomes new era of land management

KI Landscape Board chairman and Parndana farmer, Andrew
KI Landscape Board chairman and Parndana farmer, Andrew "Aphid" Heinrich.

The Landscape South Australia Act 2019 replaced the Natural Resources Act 2004 as the exciting framework to manage the state's soil, water, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity on July 1.

This new legislation will deliver a more effective, decentralised, back-to-basics system that gives communities a greater voice in managing the island's landscape.

The new Kangaroo Island Landscape Board has already been established and we are very lucky on KI to have so much talent to choose from.

The state government capped the overall increase to Landscape Levies, replacing the NRM levy, at the regional level by CPI.

However, at our first meeting as a board we decided that the levy on KI would not increase at all. This was to reflect the fact that the Island and Islanders has been through so much in recent times.

The new KI Landscape Board is acutely aware of the challenges facing the island as we start to recover from first the bushfires and now COVID-19. This will be a key consideration in our planning for the future of the island's landscape.

The sustainable management of our precious landscapes is the responsibility of everyone, which is why local partnerships and supporting local priorities and solutions is a key part of the Landscape SA initiative.

Seven other regional landscape boards will today take office alongside another new entity, Green Adelaide, to administer the new Act and support local communities to be directly responsible for managing their region's natural resources.

Landscape South Australia is about building partnerships, rolling up your sleeves and working together to support our landscapes to thrive - leading to healthy and resilient communities, prosperous businesses and flourishing ecosystems.

One of the first initiatives to be delivered by the KI landscape boards will be a new Grassroots Grants program. From mid-July, local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and volunteers will be able to apply for funding from the Board to help them sustainably manage their local landscapes.

Funding could be used to either kick start a new project or build upon an existing one. Activities might include weed treatment, pest or disease management, fencing, erosion management, revegetation and community education activities.

For more information on the grassroots grants program or more details about the KI Landscape Board, its board members and future meetings, visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ki

I look forward to working alongside all islanders as we work towards the implementation of a new era in sustainable landscape management.

Andrew Heinrich, KI Landscape Board chairman