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Update on the South Australian Planning Reforms

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 10, 2019

The attached “Update on the South Australian Planning Reforms: Release of Draft Planning and Design Code – Phase 2 (Rural Areas) and Phase 3 (Urban Areas)” represents a major change in the SA planning system in 20 years and will impact on the future management of our national parks and the environment in general.

Your Board believes that all FOP Members and Member Groups should be made aware of the proposed changes and have the opportunity to attend the DEW/DPTI Information Session and Workshop to be held on the 4th November 2019 – 9.00am – 1.00 pm.

If you would like to attend this session, would you please reply to Eilidh Wilson - or 8391 7506 (see further information below).

Kindest regards

Duncan MacKenzie
Friends of Parks Inc. SA

Release of Draft Planning and Design Code – Phase 2 (Rural Areas) and Phase 3 (Urban Areas)” - Monday 4th November at the Office for Design + Architecture SA (ODASA), 26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide

DEW and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) invite Presiding Members and Chairs, or delegate(s), to an information session/workshop on Phase 2 (rural areas) and Phase 3 (urban areas) of the Draft Planning and Design Code on the Monday 4th November at the Office for Design + Architecture SA (ODASA), 26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA – doors open at 9am for a 9.30 start until 12.30pm, followed by lunch.

The information session will be facilitated by Nicole Halsey from URPS and presenters will include Allan Holmes from the State Planning Commission and Alison Collins from the DPTI.

The purpose of the information session/workshop is to:

  • provide information on Phase 2 (rural council areas with small towns and settlements areas) and Phase 3 (urban council areas and councils with regional towns and cities) of the Draft Planning and Design Code
  • workshop the Draft Code and identify and share common themes and learnings
  • provide clear guidance on how and when feedback should be provided and in what form
  • provide an opportunity for the [Board/Council/Committee] to discuss key issues with the Draft Code and network with the SPC, DPTI, DEW staff, and other boards, councils and committees supported by DEW.

Please also find attached a briefing providing an update on the Planning Reforms and the Draft Code should you wish to brief Board/Council/Committee members.

An overview of the proposed natural resources and environmental policies in the Draft Code, and further details on the information session, including the agenda, parking etc. will be provided in due course.

For further information in the meantime, and to RSVP and advise dietary needs (by COB 25th October), please contact Eilidh Wilson on OR 8391 7506 .

Kind regards,

Alex Ward

Strategic Policy and Impact Assessment

Department for Environment and Water

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WORKING BEE - Gardening at Old Government House, Belair National Park.

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There will be a regular working bee once a month – 3rd Saturday starting at 8.30am and ending at 10.30am.

The first working bee will be the 3rd Saturday 19th August, 2017. If you want to come outside of these hours you are more than welcome, but you need to work in pairs. At the end of our work, we can all have a cup of tea and a biscuit in the coach house. It will be fun.

The Rules:

1.Wear appropriate clothing. Enclosed shoes, long sleeved shirts, and long pants. Remember that there are snakes around in the warmer weather, just as there are in the rest of the Park.

2.There will be no working bee in January

3.The working bee will be cancelled if:

(a) It is raining more than just a light shower

(b) There is a severe weather warning for the Mt. Lofty Ranges.

(c) The forecast temperature is higher than 35ºC

PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER FORECAST: THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT DAY IS USUALLY POSTED AROUND 4.30PM ON THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY WEBSITE. I’ll try to let everyone know if we cancel, but that may not be possible at short notice – so keep your eye out.

Sometime over the next month, we will map the garden into segments. You can either decide to take on a specific segment, and make it your own; or you can just rock up and do whatever needs to be done. In August I anticipate a ton of weeding, and we need to start feeding certain plants.

I’d also like to minimize the number of paper wasp nests in the garden; they are predating upon the Monarch caterpillars, and whilst we can’t get rid of them entirely, we may be able to reduce the numbers by keeping an eye out for wasp nests and destroying them before them become established.


You will need to bring your own gloves and secateurs; and possibly a trowel or small garden fork.

We have plenty of rakes, spades, and a couple of wheel barrows, some plastic rubbish bins and some kneelers.

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Gardening Convenor
Ph: 8178 0688

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