Native Vegetation Management

Within our Council area large parts of vegetation has been subject to comprehensive clearance and disturbance for agriculture and urban development. Within Alexandrina Council’s boundaries, less than 12% of the original vegetation remains. Mallee and woodland areas are now particularly under-represented in our region. 

Only a few fragmented patches of native vegetation remain, contained on both private and public land, and along our roadsides. As these parcels are small in area and/or linear in shape they are very susceptible to threats such as weeds, pest animals, diseases, and disturbance.

Our most significant patches of remnant vegetation include the Goolwa Dune System, our Bush for Life sites, our Roadside Marker System sites, our river and lakeside reserves and unmade road reserves. Many of these areas are managed by a range of volunteer community groups on behalf of Alexandrina Council.

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To protect and enhance our native flora and fauna we prioritise the location and level of biodiversity management in accordance with the following hierarchy:

  • The protection maintenance and the enhancement of remnant vegetation through i.e weed removal, planting of locally indigenous species.
  • Restoring sites that have been degraded by historical Council activities.
  • Revegetating open space to reconstruct habitat elements that have been lost (i.e. buffers and corridors).

Council focuses on collaboration with community conservation and natural resource management groups to ensure that our collective resources are used for the greatest impact. We also apply land use planning and development controls to protect remnant vegetation on Council and privately owned land.

For more information please download our Environmental Action Plan, read our information on our Roadside marker system and our SEB sites or have a look at our Green Clean Newsletters.

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