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 was conducted by the State Government in August 2019.

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 was led by PIRSA and provided an opportunity to consider how the value of this significant portion of South Australia can be best realised.

Importance of reviewing the Act

The pastoral rangelands contribute to South Australia’s economy and pastoral industry, are important for Aboriginal culture and ecological biodiversity, and support local communities through regional employment and tourism.

An example of how the concept of mixed use may work on Pastoral rangelands is where a lease us used for multiple purposes such as grazing, tourism and energy production. 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.

Summary report of public consultation

Public consultation was undertaken from 1 August to 30 September 2019, with the Planning for the future of South Australia’s Pastoral Rangelands Discussion Paper released to help guide feedback and consultation.

Around 260 submissions were formally received during this consultation period, with key stakeholders from across the pastoral industry, interest groups and government providing important feedback, which is now being used to shape the new Act.

A report has been developed to provide a summary of consultation, which largely demonstrated widespread support for the review and encouraged significant reform within the future Act.

Consultation Summary Report (PDF 809.7 KB)

Provide feedback on the draft Bill

The South Australian Government have listened to those who live on and manage the pastoral rangelands, Aboriginal organisations, various industry sectors such as tourism and mining, and the general public. These views have now been taken on board to draft a Bill.

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft Bill through public consultation. This feedback will form part of the report used to help revise the Bill prior to lodgement in Parliament for consideration in 2021.

Learn how to provide feedback via the YourSAy website.



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