Livestock SA is concerned that kangaroo numbers are becoming an increasing issue for landowners across South Australia, in particular for pastoralists. Livestock SA believes the State can not rely on commercial harvesting to ensure kangaroo numbers are lowered to a level where they are not detrimental to the landscape and the community as a whole. We believe that a roundtable of stakeholders needs to be held to tackle the issue of how to manage the current overabundance of kangaroos.
Livestock SA welcomes the review of the State’s mining legislation, however is disappointed that the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 is not included in this Review. The current Mining Act 1971 is intent on giving the mining industry easy land access rights, with landowners either not mentioned or added as an afterthought in the act. Pastoral landowners are among the first and most directly affected by the activities of the mining industry. To improve land access, consideration needs to be given to how this can be done fairly so that everyone benefits, whilst still abiding by biosecurity restrictions.
Livestock SA is concerned that the original Eyre Peninsula Water Demand and Supply Statement released in 2011 and its subsequent annual reviews make little mention of livestock. In developing a new statement, Livestock SA believes the importance of the industry to the area and its potential for future growth needs to be considered in more depth.