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South Australian Arid Lands Landscape Board

The South Australian Government is reforming how our landscapes are managed by putting community at the heart of sustainably managing the state’s soil, water, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity.  Central to the Landscape South Australia Act (2019) are eight new Regional Landscape Boards: Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Hills and Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island, Limestone Coast, Murraylands & Riverland, Northern & Yorke and South Australian Arid Lands.  These Boards are South Australian Government statutory bodies, which will have greater autonomy and flexibility to respond to local issues and facilitate the sustainable management of landscapes in the regions outside of Adelaide in partnership with land owners, stakeholders and the community.  This framework allows greater autonomy and flexibility to respond to local issues.

The South Australian Arid Lands region spans more than half of South Australia, taking up the state’s north-east corner to its borders with NSW, QLD and the NT.  The region includes some of the most arid parts of the state and has the largest percentage of intact ecosystems and natural biodiversity in the state.

Less than 2% of the state’s population live in the region dispersed across Port Augusta, Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs.  These communities support and service isolated landholdings throughout the region, with ground water supporting the mining, gas and petroleum industries, sheep and cattle and tourism.  The region is one of the most visited in the state and welcomes many people each year to destinations that include the Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy and the Strzelecki, Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks.

The diverse Aboriginal land holdings include pastoral leases, community managed land, indigenous protected areas and co-managed parks.  This culturally rich area includes the Native Title holdings of a number of Traditional Owner groups.

Based in Port Augusta, the General Manager will report to the Landscape Board and will play a key leadership role in supporting the Landscape SA reform and continuous improvement in the management of the South Australian Arid Land’s natural resources.  The General Manager will work to deliver the Board’s five-year regional plan, annual business plan, manage budgets and employ and manage staff to deliver practical, on-ground, back-to-basics programs, and ensure the administration of the Landscape South Australia Act (2019).

Applications are encouraged from suitably experienced professionals displaying outstanding skills in leadership, relationship building, people and change management, stakeholder management, partnering, co-designing projects with stakeholders, strategic thinking, operational delivery, cultural competency and the ability to form strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.  An ability to work with all levels of Government and the NGO sector is critical.  Qualifications in a relevant discipline will be highly regarded.

This is a genuine opportunity to work closely with a regional community and its stakeholders to deliver a meaningful landscape plan that is responsive to local issues.

For a job and person specification, please click on the PDF icon above or below, and for further information on our client, please visit

Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed and Justin Hinora.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8100 8827.

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