You are invited to submit your views on a proposal to add land to the Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area.

What is being decided?

The Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area is located on the north-west coast of Kangaroo Island, approximately 12 kilometres east of Cape Borda, and is 1,108 hectares in size. It was first proclaimed in 1993 to protect its pristine native vegetation, wild coastal scenery and outstanding biological integrity. The wilderness values were bolstered in September 2018 with the addition of 167.8 hectares adjacent to the south-eastern boundary.

Wilderness Protection Areas receive the highest protection offered by conservation legislation in South Australia, under the Wilderness Protection Act 1992. They provide significant benefits to the environment and the community: allowing for wilderness experiences, enabling species to flourish and evolve, creating valuable opportunities for scientific research, and preserving historically and culturally significant landscapes.

We are proposing to add a further 1.9 hectares of coastal land to the Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area.

Get involved

The Parks and Wilderness Council’s Wilderness Assessment Report describes this land, its biodiversity and wilderness values, and the extent to which it meets the wilderness criteria.

Read the Wilderness Assessment Report and tell us what you think of the proposal to add land to the Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area.

Amy Allen
Policy Officer
Protected Areas Unit
Department for Environment and Water
GPO Box 1047
ADELAIDE, SA 5001

If you agree, or disagree, with the proposal please clearly state the reasons why. If you are commenting on the accuracy of information in the Wilderness Assessment Report, please provide references for your information sources.

Please note: your submission will become part of the public record and will be available to anyone who requests a copy unless you specifically request otherwise. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged via return email or post.

How will your input be used?

All public submissions on the proposal will be forwarded to the Parks and Wilderness Council for consideration and advice.

Council’s advice, along with all public submissions received, will then be forwarded to the Minister for Environment and Water for consideration. The Minister will consider council’s advice along with the public submissions before making a recommendation to the Governor.

What are the next steps?

If the Minister decides to defer, or not to proceed with the proposal, a public notice will be issued setting out the reasons for the decision.

Notice of alteration to the boundaries of the Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area will be published in the Government Gazette.

Contact

For more information

Phone: (08) 8207 7747
Email: DEWProtectedAreaManagement@sa.gov.au

Closing date: 5pm Friday 21 June 2019

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