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    Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural

    Resources Management Board

    2017-18 Annual Report

    Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board 205 Greenhill Road, Eastwood SA 5063 www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/adelaidemtloftyranges

    Contact phone number 08 8273 9100

    Contact email dew.amlrpm@sa.gov.au

    ISSN 2201-3830

    Date presented to Minister: 30 November 2018

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    To: David Speirs MP Minister for Environment and Water

    This annual report is to be presented to Parliament to meet the statutory reporting requirements of Natural Resources Management Act 2004 and meets the requirements of Premier and Cabinet Circular PC013 Annual Reporting. This report is verified to be accurate for the purposes of annual reporting to the Parliament of South Australia. Submitted on behalf of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board by:

    Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

    Presiding Member _______________________________________ Signature

    29 November 2018 ____________________ Date

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    Contents Section A: Reporting required under the Public Sector Act 2009, the Public Sector Regulations 2010 and the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 ................. 4 

    Agency purpose or role ....................................................................................................... 4  Objectives ............................................................................................................................ 4  Key strategies and their relationship to SA Government objectives .................................... 5  Agency programs and initiatives and their effectiveness and efficiency.............................. 6  Legislation administered by the agency .............................................................................. 9  Organisation of the agency ................................................................................................. 9  Other agencies related to this agency (within the Minister’s area/s of responsibility) ....... 10  Employment opportunity programs ................................................................................... 11  Agency performance management and development systems......................................... 11  Work health, safety and return to work programs of the agency and their effectiveness .. 11  Work health and safety and return to work performance .................................................. 11  Fraud detected in the agency ............................................................................................ 12  Strategies implemented to control and prevent fraud ........................................................ 12  Whistle-blowers’ disclosure ............................................................................................... 12  Executive employment in the agency ................................................................................ 13  Consultants ....................................................................................................................... 13  Contractors ........................................................................................................................ 13  Financial performance of the agency ................................................................................ 14  Other financial information ................................................................................................ 14  Other information requested by the Minister(s) or other significant issues affecting the agency or reporting pertaining to independent functions .................................................. 16  Statement of fact for significant ministerial directives ........................................................ 16  Statement of fact for significant functions assigned by the Minister .................................. 16  Statement of fact for functions or powers delegated to the Board .................................... 16  Statement of fact for functions or powers delegated by the Board .................................... 16 

    Section B: Reporting required under any other act or regulation ..................... 17  Reporting required under the Carers’ Recognition Act 2005 ............................................. 17 

    Section C: Reporting of public complaints as requested by the Ombudsman . 17  Summary of complaints by subject .................................................................................... 17  Complaint outcomes .......................................................................................................... 17 

    Appendix: Audited financial statements 2017-18 ................................................ 18 

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    Section A: Reporting required under the Public Sector Act 2009, the Public Sector Regulations 2010 and the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987

    Agency purpose or role The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board (the Board) was established on 9 December 2004 under the provisions of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. The Board undertakes an active role in managing natural resources through the preparation and implementation of a regional NRM plan which is the principal document guiding the management of natural resources in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) Region. The Board promotes public awareness, understanding and opportunities for integrated and sustainable natural resources management and provides mechanisms to increase the capacity of people to improve their management of natural resources. The Board acts as the community interface, and has a role of encouraging the involvement of informed communities in Natural Resources Management.

    Objectives

    The objectives of the Board are to help achieve ecologically sustainable development in the State by contributing to the establishment of an integrated scheme to promote the use and management of natural resources in a manner that:

     recognises and protects the intrinsic values of natural resources

     seeks to protect biological diversity and, insofar as is reasonably practicable, to support and encourage the restoration or rehabilitation of ecological systems and processes that have been lost or degraded

     provides for the protection and management of catchments and the sustainable use of land and water resources and, insofar as is reasonably practicable, seeks to enhance and restore or rehabilitate land and water resources that have been degraded

     seeks to support sustainable primary and other economic production systems with particular reference to the value of agriculture and mining activities to the economy of the State

     provides for the prevention or control of impacts caused by pest species of animals and plants that may have an adverse effect on the environment, primary production or the community

     promotes educational initiatives and provides support mechanisms to increase the capacity of all people to be involved in the management of natural resources.

     

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    Key strategies and their relationship to SA Government objectives Key strategy SA Government objective Ensure ecological processes for life and livelihood: through

     healthy seas, rivers and landscapes, and

     well-functioning ecological processes that support life and livelihoods

    To ensure a clean and healthy environment and to protect our environment for a sustainable future. Ensure sustainably productive landscapes are available

    Ensure communities are engaged and active: through

     communities living within resources limits, and

     informed and engaged communities actively protecting and restoring our natural resources

    Progress reports can be found at http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/adelai demtloftyranges/about-us/our-regions- progress

    To engage with the youth of South Australia and provide them with a voice in key environmental issues facing South Australia through providing students with the skills, knowledge and support to take real action on issues in their communities to achieve a more environmentally sustainable future. To engage with the community, including our volunteers, on the protection and restoration of our natural resources

    Ensure amenity, culture and environment is valued: through

     use and reuse of natural resources based upon environmental, economic, social and cultural values, and

     iconic sites protected and new ones created

    Ensure a clean and healthy environment is available for South Australia’s future by protecting our landscapes and waterways.

    Ensure knowledgeable decisions and action partners: through ensuring

     uncertainty is acknowledged and actions anticipate change, and

     partners committed to working together to achieve natural resources outco