Conserving nature

We are fortunate to live in a region that contains many different landscapes including majestic ranges, rolling foothills, fertile plains, meandering watercourses and of course… a stunning coastline!

Each of these landscapes provides a home to unique native plant and animal species that have survived despite the pressures of urban and agricultural development.

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Our region is fortunate to contain five Conservation Parks. (Aldinga Scrub, Moana Sands, Onkaparinga River, Scott Creek and Sturt Gorge) - however, only 9% of our original native vegetation remains.

As an owner and guardian of many natural areas, we are committed to:

  • Maintaining habitats that have survived and are still in good condition
  • Improving the health of habitats that have been damaged
  • Re-creating habitats by planting and helping bushland to spread naturally.
  • Educating our communities to inspire a connection with the natural environment.

To do this well, we go to great lengths to make the best use of our resources and explore new and innovative ways to improve environmental management.

The Nature Conservation Team is made up of trained and experienced staff who prioritise, plan and undertake on-ground works to maintain and improve our natural areas. We also operate a nursery where we propagate tens of thousands of local native seedlings for native vegetation restoration works, citizenship ceremonies and street trees each year.

There is always more to learn about nature and how to adapt to changes in our landscape and climate. We monitor environmental changes by using photographic records, vegetation condition surveys and new GIS mapping technology to map information such as levels of weed infestation.

We frequently partner with state government and volunteer groups to increase our efforts.

The Native Vegetation Strategy 2010-2014 outlines how we will conserve and improve our native vegetation. 

See the Nature Conservation Team at work