Closed outback areas

Subject: Closed outback areas
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 17:53:19 +0930

Access to Pastoral Leases  South Australia.

Following up on some of the difficulties birders have reported in regard to being put off pastoral leases in SA, I have spoken with the SA Pastoral Board explaining what has recently been occurring.
First let me thank those people who responded to my email in this matter, your comments and contributions helped in my discussions with the Board.
In SA there has been a change to legislation such that the public no longer have right of access on government surveyed roads unless they are on foot. Access by motor vehicle, horse, or camel is at the discretion of the property management. This includes camping.
The Govt recognises that this is a difficult topic and is trying to do the right thing by both the lessees and the public, and to this end the legislation states that the property managers have the right to deny access on the grounds of dangerous conditions, possible risk to stock, or any other rationale they consider reasonable at the time.
On the other hand it recognises that some sectors of the public, in particular members of scientific and natural history study groups, may have reason to request access and are unlikely to be perpetrators of the sorts of vandalism and littering experienced by some property managers.
By way of attempting some sort of trade-off the lessees and govt have agreed that a network of access tracks will be established for public use, but as yet only eight of these have been put in place, the remainder (how many?) await funding.
The best hope the Board could give to persons wishing to enter a leasehold property is to contact the management , explain your reason for requiring access, and hope you are granted permission.
This is no different to what most birders would do anyway as a matter of politeness.
Perhaps Birds Australia should lead the way by making formal application on behalf of birders in general, establishing some guidelines for us all to follow.
So, in South Aust at least, be careful entering leasehold properties. The management have every right to deny access and to remove persons not granted prior approval.

Hope this is easier to read than an attachment.

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