The preservation and economic management of the environment of the Fleurieu Peninsula has become increasingly important for Council, local groups, business, concerned residents and ratepayers. Preservation of the environment is managed under the Environment Protection Act. The objects of the Environment Protection Act are:
- To promote the principles of ecologically sustainable development.
- To ensure that all reasonable and practicable steps are taken to protect, restore, and enhance the quality of the environment having regard for the principles of ecologically sustainable development.
Conservation Parks, water quality, access and egress, landcare and marine environments are just a few of the issues impacting on the district.
Declared Animal and Plant Control on Road Reserves
Current Community Projects
Plastic Shopping Bag Free Campaign
The District Council of Yankalilla was the first Council in South Australia to work towards a plastic shopping bag free environment. The council district is surrounded by the waters of Gulf St Vincent and the Southern Ocean. Plastic bags have a devastating impact on marine life. They are often mistaken for jellyfish as they float in the water and cause animals to die a slow and painful death when swallowed. The campaign has been embraced by residents and visitors alike. Residents have been provided with a free calico bag and local retailers have been encouraged to change their practices and consider alternative bags for the checkout. A community education campaign has encouraged local residents to rethink their usage of plastic bags and consider alternatives such as cardboard boxes, calico bags, green bags, personal shopping trolleys, baskets and paper bags. The campaign is a long term strategy.
Bungala River Restoration
A number of community groups are working together to rehabilitate sections of the Bungala River. The Bungala runs through the towns of Yankalilla and Normanville. Rehabilitation efforts include control and removal of invasive weeds and revegetation with native plants. Community education programs are also being conducted to raise awareness of the river.
Bungala Estuary Action Plan - Click Here
Restoring the Habitat of the Glossy Black Cockatoo
The Glossy Black Cockatoo (SA Sub species) is Australia's rarest Cockatoo. It remains critically endangered and now can only be found on Kangaroo Island where only 280-300 birds remain. They use to fly regularly between Kangaroo Island and the mainland at Cape Jervis but due to habitat destruction through land clearing their food trees and nesting habitats disappeared. They disappeared from the mainland in 1970's.
In 1997 Greening Australia commenced a habitat restoration project. Since that time over fifty thousand trees and shrubs have been planted at priority sites on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula. The Sheoaks are now forest like and are just beginning to bear the cones that the Glossies rely on for food. Eucalypts have also been planted to provide nesting sites. In order to recreate a sustainable native vegetation community the revegetation program has included as many local indigenous species as possible including native grasses, groundcovers, understorey and canopy plants with seed collected from nearby remnants.
Many schools, community groups, service clubs and social clubs contribute to this massive effort. For further information or to get involved please contact Greening Australia on (08) 8372 0120 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Natural Resource Centre provides information and can arrange referrals to technical expertise on a wide range of topics including:
|Sustainable Living||Climate Change||Backyards for Wildlife|
|Plant Identification||Water Salinity Testing||Soil Testing Kits|
|Weeds||Rabbits and Foxes||Waste Management|
|Watercourses & Dams||Native Vegetation||Coastcare|
|Soils & Pastures||Farm Forestry||Revegetation|
Useful Environmental Contacts
| Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges
Natural Resource Management Board
|Willunga Office||8558 3400|
|Environment Protection Authority||1800 623 445|
|National Parks & Wildlife Service||Fleurieu Office||8552 6377|
|Coastal Protection Board, Dept. Environment & Planning||Rob Tucker||8124 4878|
|Fleurieu Bird Watchers||Val Laird||8555 5995|
|NPWS Deep Creek Conservation Park||8598 0263|
|Friends of Deep Creek Conservation Park||Chris Royans||8598 0244|
|Heysen Trail Friends||Fleurieu Office||8212 6299|
|Native Animal Rescue||Sharyn Braithwaite||
|Cape Jervis Recreation Park Committee||Alan Robinson||85980 0270|
| Second Valley to Cape Jervis
Land Management Group
|Yankalilla Bay Dune Care Group||Sheryn Pitman||8537 2361|
|Yankalilla Bay Enviro Group||Bruce Trigg||8558 8180|
|SA Sea Rescue Squadron - Wirrina Flotilla|| PO Box 2017
Normanville SA 5204