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Protecting the Willunga Basin

WORLD HERITAGE

World Heritage listing of the Australian Fossil Mammal site at Naracoorte generates $10m paWorld Heritage status for for a series of landscapes along the Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Clare was discussed by guest speaker, Professor Randy Stringer, at the 2010 Annual General Meeting in January.

Professor Stringer outlined work being undertaken at the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute and Waite Institute to investigate the possibility of seeking this World Heritage status.

World Heritage listing of the Australian Fossil Mammal site at Naracoorte generates $10 million per annum in direct and indirect income and created 47 new jobs. Gillespie Economics, July 2008. See photo at right. Credit: Karora, Wikimedia Commons.

Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg, in attendance at the AGM, invited Professor Stringer to give his presentation to local government representatives from those regions and arranged a meeting of relevant councils.

A second meeting of council representatives was held in June, and Professors Mike Young and Randy Stringer are now in the process of pitching the concept to the elected members of each Council.

It is expected this process will continue through to 2011, when interested Councils will be asked to support a feasibility study into the idea.

 

FOOD GROWING BASIN OR FAST FOOD NATION?

signage encroaching towards the Willunga Basin. Credit: From the book McLaren Vale: Trott’s View (Wakefield Press).Legislation to protect the Willunga Basin was introduced as a bill to parliament by Robert Brokenshire MLC, in October 2009.

It was passed in the Upper House but lapsed when parliament rose for the summer break.

The government has not supported the Brokenshire bill but has indicated support for some form of protection of the Basin and the Barossa.

Leon Bignell, MP for Mawson, initiated a committee of representatives from the Willunga Basin and the Barossa Valley to investigate this.

The committee met for a second time after the election and the Southern Community Coalition and McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association continue to lobby for an allocation of resources to establish such legislation.

The photo above shows signage encroaching towards the Willunga Basin. Credit: From the book McLaren Vale: Trott’s View (Wakefield Press).