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South Australia Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs

South Australia’s New-Look Environmental Report Cards

Victor P Taffa

South Australia has well managed water including the River Murray but faces challenges with biodiversity loss and the changing climate according to 41 environment report cards released today.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the report cards track the trend and condition of the environment and provide governments and environmental groups strong information for decisions to be made.

“Report cards we are releasing today give the most complete picture we’ve ever had on the successes and challenges in managing our environment.” Minister Speirs said.

“They provide a snapshot of the state’s environmental trends and condition as well as insight into how effectively we are managing our environment across the state.”

“What they show us is that there are areas where good management practices are making a real difference, especially when it comes to water management.”

“This landscape-scale management provides a strong base for us to build on in the shaping of the new natural resources management reforms which are currently underway.” Minister Speirs said.

Report cards cover 6 themes include:

  • Air quality.
  • Climate,
  • Coast and marine,
  • Land,
  • River Murray,
  • Rivers and streams.

Report cards track state-wide changes over time, drawing on over 30 years of data.

“Report cards also show clear trends for South Australia’s climate, with rainfall decreasing and temperatures increasing.” Minister Speirs said.

Marshall Government’s recent budget put a focus on continuing our transition toward more renewable energy as well as investing in practical measures to protect our environment against the changing climate.

This includes:

  • $184 Million energy solution,
  • $100 Million home battery storage subsidy scheme,
  • $10 Million to establish Glenthorne National Park in Adelaide’s southern suburbs,
  • $5.2 Million for coastal protection,
  • $2 Million for Greener Neighbourhoods.

Minister Speirs added that the report cards show some encouraging trends, such as halting the decline of wetlands along the River Murray which are showing signs of improvement thanks to water delivered under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

“Report cards also show an improvement in mangrove and seagrass cover across the state which is important for protecting our coastline and improving water quality.”

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