Kaiserstuhl expansion bolsters natural asset

A bid to expand Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park through the purchase of private land has been finalised by the Marshall Liberal Government.

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll said the addition of approximately 31 hectares would assist in protecting important environmental assets as well as providing the opportunity for extensive natural regeneration.

“It’s really exciting that we are adding to what is already one of the Barossa’s most beautiful natural assets,” Mr Knoll said.

“Kaiserstuhl is a popular place for visitors and locals to enjoy low impact nature-oriented activities and I am sure this expansion will be warmly welcomed by Barossans.

“It’s so important that we acknowledge and protect our unique natural attractions.”

Formerly private land, the new section of the park was purchased by the Department for Environment and Water through funding provided by an allocation from the Native Vegetation Council’s Significant Environmental Benefit (SEB) Fund due to its high potential for extensive natural regeneration.

“Money is paid into the Native Vegetation Fund by people who have cleared native vegetation to ‘offset’ the impacts on biodiversity which could result from any such clearance,” Mr Knoll said.

“That money is then made available through grants to restore, revegetate or protect native vegetation.

“In the case of Kaiserstuhl, this 31ha land addition will provide protection for three ecological communities of conservation significance in South Australia, including the Critically Endangered ‘Grassy Woodlands on rolling hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges’.

“The vegetation of the acquired land provides habitat for three species listed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, being the Scarlet Robin, Dark Falt-sedge and Native Pennyroyal, which are all considered rare in South Australia.

“Many thanks must go to Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs for spearheading this venture and ensuring the protection and sustainability of one of the Barossa’s truly great natural wonders.”

The proclamation of additions to the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park is consistent with the objective of conserving the full range of South Australian ecosystems in Conserving Nature 2012-2020: A strategy for establishing a system of protected areas in South Australia.