The inaugural Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board members have been appointed, joining Chair David Greenhough in leading a back-to-basics approach on managing natural resources in the region.
The new board members all live locally and provide a diverse range of skills and expertise.
The six new board members are Carol Schofield AM, Janet Klein, Amy Williams, Professor Andy Lowe, Dr Chris West and Douglas (Drew) Smith.,
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new landscape boards would be partnering with community groups, local government and industry to ensure our state's regional landscapes and farming industries are thriving, resilient and sustainable.
"The Marshall Liberal Government promised a stronger, back-to-basics system with an emphasis on effective water management, pest plant and animal control and soil and land management," Mr Speirs said.
"The successful passing of Landscape South Australia Act 2019 means we can get on with delivering this and the creation of new landscape regions are crucial to giving local communities a greater say in natural resources management and in particular how levies are spent."
Member for Finniss David Basham welcomed the new Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board members.
"I would like to congratulate the new board members on their appointment. It's great to see that there is good representation from around the region, as well some really unique experience and knowledge," Mr Basham said.
Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board Chair David Greenhough said he was looking forward to working with the new board members.
"We received a large number of excellent applications, which made the selection process tough. I would like to thank everyone who applied, and congratulate the successful applicants," Mr Greenhough said.
"Our board members bring with them strong links to the Fleurieu community, including to key industries and primary producers such as the viticulture and dairy industries."
The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board is one of nine new regional landscape boards, which from July 1 will administer the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019, including a new metropolitan landscape board, Green Adelaide.
Initially all board members will be appointed by the Minister, but from 2022 three out of seven members will be elected by the community (except for the specialist board Green Adelaide and the Alinytjara Wilurara board, which is already represented by select regional leaders).
To ensure a smooth transition for regional communities, NRM services will continue to be delivered under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 until the new Act 2019 is fully operational on July 1.
For more information visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au