Media Release: South Australia boosts conservation efforts with Pastoral Act update

The amendments have confirmed carbon farming and conservation projects as being legitimate and valuable land use for SA pastoral leases.

National peak body Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) welcomes updates to the Pastoral Land Management And Conservation (Use Of Pastoral Land) Amendment in South Australia. 

The amendments, which passed State Parliament in March this year and was proclaimed yesterday, has confirmed that carbon farming and conservation projects will be unambiguously reconfirmed as being legitimate land use for SA pastoral leases.

Previously, some queried the SA Pastoral Board’s ability to approve conservation and Heritage Agreements on pastoral leases – which make up roughly 40% of the state.

The amendments provide the certainty required for ALCA’s member organisations and their philanthropic and corporate partners to continue to invest in protecting, managing and restoring South Australian nature.

ALCA CEO Jody Gunn said the changes mean all pastoral land managers now have flexibility to generate alternative revenue sources from carbon farming and conservation.

“Conservation has always been a valued part of the rangelands – it’s in the name of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act, after all – and these changes underline the formal recognition it deserves.”

“This is great news for individual land managers and for conservation organisations working to create a healthy and resilient future landscape for generations to come.”

Four ALCA member organisations manage land for conservation within SA’s pastoral estate: Nature Foundation, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Bush Heritage Australia, and Arid Recovery.

Jan Ferguson OAM, Chair of the South Australian-based Nature Foundation, welcomes the changes.

“These amendments facilitate the rangelands entering the nature-positive economy, and we look forward to continuing to work with land managers and the community to preserve our precious landscapes.”

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Photo by Megan Clark on Unsplash

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