Our Environmental Protection

Whether it is the clean air we breathe, the fresh water we drink, the fertile soil used to produce our food, or the pristine beaches and parks that we enjoy, our environment and lives are connected. This Government is taking environmental protection and climate change seriously.

Climate change strategy

Develop a new strategy for climate change action with the community.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 124


The Strategy was showcased by the Premier, Minister and the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Council at the Paris Climate Conference and associated side events, including the SA Business Reception.

Marine Park monitoring

Provide an extra $4 million to ensure South Australia’s 19 marine parks are effectively managed (doubling the funding for monitoring to $750,000, and surveying activities to $100,000 a year.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 130 and Media Release, 7 March 2014


Funds provided in the 2014-15 State Budget.

Environmental upgrades in buildings

Provide $1.9 million towards implementing Building Upgrade Finance in South Australia to upgrade commercial buildings.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 126


Funds provided. 

Renewable energy developments

Implement amendments to the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 to allow renewable energy developers to access Crown owned land used for pastoral purposes.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 125


Amendment Bill assented to on 23 October 2014, which has now been proclaimed.

Recycled water in schools

Investigate access by schools to recycled water for sub-surface irrigation.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome


SA Water identified schools suitable for connection to recycled water networks for sub-surface irrigation.

National environment reforms

Significant COAG initiatives for progressing across the environment portfolio.
Source: 2014/15 Cabinet and Legislative Priority



Solar hot water scheme

Oversee the installation of solar hot water heaters in more than 1,000 Housing SA properties around the State. This includes replacing around 100 LPG hot water heaters in public housing properties in regional areas such as Murray Bridge, Jamestown and Strathalbyn.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 116


Installation of solar hot water systems across metropolitan and regional locations has been delivered. As at December 2016, 1,000 solar hot water systems had been installed.

Renewable energy

Continue to leverage investment in renewable energy to the State to support the investment target of $10 billion in low carbon generation by 2025.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 124


To date $7.1 billion has been invested in low carbon energy against a target of $10 billion by 2025 (an increase from the previous $6.6 billion figure reported).

Initiatives being progessed under the Low Carbon Investment Plan include Stage 2 of the Bioenergy Roadmap, South Australian Government electricity procurement (25% for a dispatachable renwable energy and 75% for enhanced market competition), projects to leverage external funding and support, direct and indirect project faciliation including hydrogen generation, storage and disptach models for export market and low emission transport initiatives, Marree offgrid power project, Whyalla solar PV project and the Bungala Solar Project.

The state government awarded a contract in July 2016 worth $1 million for battery storage demonstration in its buildings. A contract was also awarded in September 2016 to install solar PV on low income housing (400 systems).

Other proposals by the private sector include:
-SAPN announced in May 2016 it will subsidide battery storage demonstration for 100 housholds in Adelaide's northern suburbs.
-AGL announced in August 2016 it will subsidise and demonstrate a "virtual power plant" battery demonstration in 1000 households, with 7MWh capacity.
-AGL is currently installing 1.4MW of solar PV at the Yulamba winery in the Barossa Valley through a PPA.

-The Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park, ~175MW of solar PV and ~200MW of wind generation was granted development approval in August 2016.




Bird sanctuary

Invest $1.7 million to create an International Bird Sanctuary over the former Dry Creek salt fields and extending for 60 kms along the Gulf St Vincent coast from the Barker inlet in the south to Port Parham in the north.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 124 and Media Release, 8 March 2014


The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara has been created.

The nomination for the AIBS to be recognised as a site on the East Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF)was accepted by the EAAF Partnership.

The AIBS management plan is being developed for release for consultation in 2017. Further land additions to the National Park will occur in 2017.

Green Industries SA

Establish a new authority called Green Industries SA to work with businesses, governments and the environmental sector to realise the full potential of the green economy. Increase by $9 million over three years funding to capitalise on South Australia’s reputation as a national leader in waste management.
Source: Let's keep Building South Australia P 124, Media Release, 6 March 2014, Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015


On 1 February 2017, the Green Industries SA Act 2004 came into operation and established Green Industries SA, or 'GISA', as a statutory corporation.

Recreational Fishing initiatives

Fund new recreational fishing opportunities including fishing in some off-line reservoirs, grants to improve infrastructure, and artifical reefs.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 130


Infrastructure supporting the recreational fishing access at Warren and Bundaleer Reservoirs is due to be completed in mid 2017. The Tod Reservoir will be opened for shore-based recreational fishing once the dam upgrade has been completed. These works are scheduled for late 2017.

Applications for the 2017 SA Recreational Fishing Grants Programme are scheduled to close on midnight 20 March 2017. The Government has announced the final location of the artificial reef trial (Rogues Point, south of Ardrossan) and installation is due to be completed in 2017.

Attracting mountain bikes

Invest $1.5 million over four years on a series of projects aimed at drawing mountain bike enthusiasts from around Australia and the world to the Mount Lofty region.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 129


The multi-agency AMLR MTB Strategic Reference Group provided in principle support to a management model, which is now being reviewed for a business case analysis.

Community and stakeholder consultation for O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park Urban Mountain Bike Park is complete and the tender for design is currently being prepared.

Protect more Parks and Reserves

Increase South Australia’s system of parks and reserves to protect more of the State’s unique environment.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 124, 128


The proclamation of two new parks at Monarto (Monarto Woodlands and Kinchina Conservation Parks), and additions to the Cape Blanche (Coastlinks), Searcy Bay (Coastlinks) and Kaiserstuhl Conservation Parks, were gazetted on 22 September 2016.

Additions to Onkaparinga River and O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, and Gawler Ranges National Park were proclaimed on 1 December 2016.

Litter phone App

Work with local councils and the Local Government Association to create a dob-in-a-litterer phone application.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 124


The Dob in a Litterer App and website, administered by the EPA, was launched on 1 February 2017 and facilitates public litter reporting in this State. The associated legislation, the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, contains provisions that underpin the App. The App and website allow for ‘citizen’s notifications’ to be submitted electronically by members of the public to the EPA for investigation. The App and website applies to littering from vehicles, which includes boats and allow for ‘on the go’ reporting in real time.

Kangaroo Island walking trail

Construct a new five day walking trail within the parks of south-west Kangaroo Island.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P129, Media Release, 19 February 2014


Over 800 walkers have already booked in to walk the Trail, with several hundred walkers having already experienced it with very positive feedback.

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail was listed as one of the world’s top new travel destinations in 2017 by leading international authority, Lonely Planet.

Experience National Parks

Encourage more people to use national parks, including; establish a scenic lookout at Onkaparinga Gorge and upgrade and expand the facilities and walking trails in Onkaparinga National Park, and; Government will also modernise the facilities in the Para Wirra Recreation Park.


Cobbler Creek Recreation Park play space and new trail network is complete and proving extremely popular with local residents.


Anstey Hill Recreation Park works are now complete, with new toilets, shelters, picnic spaces, trails and carparks all open. The project included a new suite of signs throughout the park. The new facilities enabled the Adelaide Festival’s “Secret River” to be hosted in the park.

A detailed design for a Nature Play space has commenced for Morialta Conservation Park.

Onkaparinga River National Park works have commenced with new facilities including a camp ground, toilets, car parks, trails, lookout, kayak/canoe launches, and signs due for completion in August 2017.

Construction of Black Cliff Lookout path in Hallett Cove Conservation Park is due to commence in April 2017.

Adelaide Green Zone

The Government will establish a carbon neutral “Adelaide Green Zone” – to make it the world’s first carbon neutral city.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2016


The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan was jointly launched by the Premier and the Lord Mayor on 8 November 2016. Following the announcement of the University of Adelaide as a founding partner of the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partner Program, discussions with stakeholders for partner recruitment is ongoing. Installation of Solar PV on 200 housing trust homes in the city is underway and on-ground works for the Railway Station to Market laneways revival, including significant greening, is due to start shortly. The Sustainability Incentive Scheme, managed by Adelaide City Council continues to be well subscribed.

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