Inaugural Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board appointed
15 June 2020
Photo: Cath Leo
The inaugural Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board members have been appointed, joining Chair David Greenhough in leading a back-to-basics approach on managing natural resources in the region.
The new board members all live locally and provide a diverse range of skills and expertise.
The six new board members are:
- Carol Schofield AM - Carol is a retired aquaculturalist and dairy farmer. Now living in Encounter Bay, she is an elected member of the City of Victor Harbor. Carol was the first women to chair the Advisory Board of Agriculture and to be elected President of the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia. She has received numerous local and national awards for services to the agriculture and aquaculture industries. Carol has been appointed to the Order of Australia and is a recipient of a Centenary Medal. She was Chairperson of the Western Mount Lofty Rangers Water Allocation Committee.
- Janet Klein - Janet is a viticulturist and conservationist who has dedicated 20 years to sustainable wine growing and landscape regeneration. She cofounded Ngeringa Vineyards, one of Australia’s first certified biodynamic vineyard and wineries. Janet is on the South Australian Museum Foundation Board, the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Plan Board, and was a founding member of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Environment Committee. With Flinders University, Janet is currently investigating microplastics along the South Australian coastline.
- Amy Williams – From the Fleurieu, Amy started her career coordinating Landcare and catchment projects and then moved into the dairy industry. Amy was Executive Officer of Primary Producers SA, the Horticulture Coalition of SA and the former Natural Resources Management Council. She is currently a member of the Training and Skills Commission, chairing the Agribusiness Industry Skills Council. She is also part of the Fleurieu Dairyfarmers Collective Bargaining Group and is the President of the Parawa Ag Bureau. She was a member of the former Premier’s Sustainability Roundtable, Advisory Board of Agriculture and the National Landcare Program Review National Reference Group.
- Professor Andy Lowe - Andy is an expert in biodiversity and forests, and is inaugural Director of Agrifood and Wine at the University of Adelaide which serves as the external face for food industry and government sector partnerships in Australia and overseas. Andy has discovered lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the United Nation’s Office of Drugs and Crime and is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – Land Degradation and Restoration report.
- Dr Chris West – Trained as a veterinary surgeon, Chris has led large NGO, conservationdirected and science-based Zoological Societies in Chester (UK), London, Adelaide and Edinburgh. He has been involved with many initiatives to support endangered species, landscape level ecological management, research and public engagement.
- Douglas (Drew) Smith – Drew holds a Diploma of Conservation and Parks Management and a Bachelor of Education in Geography and Science and is also a high school teacher. He has studied the biology of the Mt Lofty Ranges and other parts of South Australia for many years, and through his work on the breeding and behaviour of Mallee Emu wrens and Southern Emu wrens, has made several new discoveries. A project to re-vegetate his McLaren Vale rural property has led to the reappearance of endemic birds and reptiles not seen there for 150 years. Like his grandfather and uncle, Drew also has a background in cattle farming.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new landscape boards will be partnering with community groups, local government and industry to ensure our state’s regional landscapes and farming industries are thriving, resilient and sustainable.
“The Marshall Liberal Government promised a stronger, back-to-basics system with an emphasis on effective water management, pest plant and animal control and soil and land management,” said Minister Speirs.
“The successful passing of Landscape South Australia Act 2019 means we can get on with delivering this and the creation of new landscape regions are crucial to giving local communities a greater say in natural resources management and in particular how levies are spent.”
Member for Kavel Dan Cregan welcomed the new Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board members.
“I would like to congratulate the new board members on their appointment. We are grateful to have the benefit of their exceptional skills and local knowledge” said Mr Cregan.
“Many farmers and landowners in the Hills are keen to see the Board focus on weed eradication and introduced species control after the Cudlee Creek fire.”
Member for Heysen Josh Teague said the new Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board is well placed to deliver better natural resources management.
“The new Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board will ensure that the local community has a far greater say in natural resources management,” said Mr Teague.
“The new board members bring with them strong links to the Hills and Fleurieu community, including to key industries and primary producers such as the viticulture and dairy industries.”
Member for Finniss David Basham welcomed the new Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board. “It’s great to see that there is good representation from around the region, as well some really unique experience and knowledge” said Mr Basham.
Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board Chair David Greenhough said he was looking forward to working with the new board members.
“We received a large number of excellent applications, which made the selection process tough. I would like to thank everyone who applied, and congratulate the successful applicants,” said Mr Greenhough.
The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board is one of nine new regional landscape boards, which from 1 July will administer the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019, including a new metropolitan landscape board, Green Adelaide.
Initially all board members will be appointed by the Minister, but from 2022 three out of seven members will be elected by the community (except for the specialist board Green Adelaide and the Alinytjara Wilurara board, which is already represented by select regional leaders).
To ensure a smooth transition for regional communities, NRM services will continue to be delivered under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 until the new Act 2019 is fully operational on 1 July 2020.
For more information visit the Landscape South Australia website.