House of Assembly: Thursday, March 09, 2023


Question Time

Native Vegetation

The Hon. D.J. SPEIRS (Black—Leader of the Opposition) (14:27): My question is to the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water. Has an order been issued to the landowner of 104 Mount Lofty Summit Road to refrain from conducting illegal vegetation clearances and, if so, what action has the minister taken to ensure that this notice has been enforced? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.

Leave granted.

The Hon. D.J. SPEIRS: In response to a question on notice dated 2 November 2022, the minister advised that clearance of native vegetation at 104 Mount Lofty Summit Road was excessive by up to half a hectare beyond the approval issued by the Native Vegetation Council. Since then, an adjacent landowner has informed the opposition that the clearance is ongoing and causing further destruction to native vegetation.

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for West Torrens is warned.

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Premier, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Minister for Defence and Space Industries, Minister for Climate, Environment and Water) (14:28): I do recall the matter that the leader—

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: The Deputy Premier has the call. Order!

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for your protection. I do recall the issue that the leader has raised but, given that we are talking about sensitive matters in terms of issuing orders, I will seek advice and bring back an answer.