Change brings responsibility

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I believe we are very fortunate to have within our region a number of environmental assets which have been protected from urban development.

But as we are faced with the State government’s 30 year plan, our natural environment will be one of the first casualties.

As we change our landscapes from farming to urban development there is always a loss of biodiversity. For this reason it is imperative we manage and promote our existing environmental assets, so we can protect them for future generations.

A number of community groups, such as scouts, school students and landcare groups from various councils and government organisations have been actively involved in building large-scale environmental conservation and biodiversity restoration projects within our region, such as Aunger ponds, Lewiston wetlands and Bakers Ford wetlands.

Relatively new (15 – 25 years old), these reserves and our own backyards play a vital role in providing food resources and habitats for our wildlife.

Our district also boasts some of the most ecologically diverse landscapes such as Gawler river corridor and Samphire coast.

I say this because the Gawler river corridor is more than 30 kms long and allows wildlife from various regions to travel along its length of the river (a continuous vegetation corridor will enable a greater diversity within a gene pool of a species). The Samphire coast hosts more than 51 species of birds, with some migratory species travelling from as far away as Siberia and China.

I believe as we confront the projected events of climate change these highly-valued landscapes within our region will play a major role in building resilience amongst our wildlife.

These landscapes are also very fragile and changes within these landscapes can potentially have devastating effects on the flora and fauna that rely on what these environments provide.

As a community we need to be constantly vigilant of unsustainable practices within all our reserves.

One thing we can do is to learn about our environmental assets. After all, these environments depend on all of us to help manage them into the future.

n CONTACT: Two Wells, Lewiston and Districts Landcare Group – Email:  twowellslewistonlandcare@y7mail.com or pat.wake@tafesa.edu.au Facebook:  Two Wells, Lewiston and Districts Landcare Group.

Phone: Pat 0419 860 981

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