The State Liberals announced a plan to completely reform the broken Natural Resources Management (NRM) System if elected in March 2018.
A Marshall Liberal Government will abolish the current NRM Boards and establish Landscape SA, a new agency which will be responsible for the natural resources management strategy across South Australia.
A Marshall Liberal Government will also cap annual land and water levies, restore independence and put control of our natural resource management back into our regions and local communities.
“The current NRM System is broken, lacks independence and has become another taxation source for the Weatherill Labor Government,” said Shadow Minister for Environment David Speirs.
“We will completely reform the NRM system by establishing Landscape SA which will restore independence and put control of natural resource management back into our regions.
“We will also cap annual land and water levy rises to ease the cost of living of our families and businesses struggling with skyrocketing electricity prices and Labor’s massive hikes to the ESL.
“The Weatherill Labor Government increased the NRM levy by $6.8 million last year and our farmers and regional communities were the hardest hit by this arbitrary tax increase.
“Landscape SA will consist of nine regional boards replacing the existing NRM Boards and importantly all levies collected in a region will be spent in that region.
“Importantly, three of the seven board members on each Board will be democratically elected by the local community.”
Liberal Candidate for MacKillop Nick McBride said the proper management of the natural resources in the South East was a major concern of the local community.
“The management of our natural resources is a significant issue, not only for the primary producers in the South East, but the wider community,” said Mr McBride.
“These reforms will be fundamental to restoring the community’s faith in the NRM system by increasing independence and transparency and giving the local community more control.
“The $2 million in levies that are to be quarantined each year will help community organisations and not-for-profit groups in the South East to deliver on the ground environmental projects.”