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In December 2013, the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (now known as the Energy Council) endorsed the National Multiple Land Use Framework (National Framework). While the National Framework was developed with the Australian resources and energy sectors in mind, the underlying concept can extend to all sectors, interests and values including but not limited to agriculture, minerals and energy resources, the environment, heritage, cultural, tourism, infrastructure, community and forestry.  

The National Framework highlights that all land use sectors experience land use conflict according to their land use needs and strategic objectives and facilitates a collaborative approach to addressing these challenges. The National Framework focuses on establishing the vision, guiding principles, tools and methods for more effective integration of land use policy, planning and development which supports the co-existence and collaboration of differing land users and the ability of local and regional communities and governments to maximise land use in a flexible, environmentally sustainable manner over time.  

This can be achieved through multiple land use (where land is used for different purposes simultaneously, sustainably, within an area, with a view to maximising benefits for all) or sequential land use (where the land use can be alternated for different purposes and following the use of that land, it may re-instated to the former land use or an alternative land use) methodologies.

It is widely recognised that co-existence and collaboration provides diversity and resilience to the state and regions in the long-term and multiple and sequential land use thinking is currently being implemented across South Australia.  

South Australia is in the process of developing a state-based framework which will seek to:

  • implement effective risk-based approaches to decision making
  • minimise land use conflict by recognising multiple needs early
  • increase transparency and consistency in land use decisions
  • achieve multiple land use outcomes that are beneficial to landholders, affected communities and commercial land users.  

Applying an adaptive change model through a South Australian framework, in collaboration with all land use sectors, will position South Australia to capitalise on the opportunities from multi-industry and land use values (such as prime agriculture, minerals and energy, renewable energy, conservation and defence) in a sustainable manner.

For more information, contact:

Resource Policy and Engagement Branch

Phone: +61 8 8463 3000
Email: dsd.merrlas@sa.gov.au