Who are we?

The Nature of SA is a sector-wide partnership to support positive change in our approach to nature conservation. The partnership will inform the development of a strategic approach to nature conservation in South Australia. 

The project is sponsored by Sandy Pitcher, CEO DEWNR, Craig Wilkins, CEO Conservation SA, and Sharon Starick and Professor Chris Daniels on behalf of the NRM Presiding Members.

Our strategy group is chaired by Vicki-Jo Russell AM (Trees for Life) and Vicki Linton (DEWNR). The group includes people from Conservation SA, Nature Conservation Society, Trees for Life, Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), and regional and central offices of the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). We are assisted by the Australian Resilience Centre and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

As the work progresses, the “who are we” will be constantly growing as we form new partnerships and as we engage more broadly in other sectors and the community. 

Our process

We don't believe in just writing a strategy that then sits on a shelf.

Instead, we are running a multi-year change process. We're engaging in traditional research and consultation but also hosting conversations to prepare the sector for change, hosting a forum to build shared understanding, and engaging with prototypes and testing to help the sector learn and accelerate change.



Printable overview

Download a printable PDF about the Nature of SA project here.


Get in touch

Strategy group co-chairs

Vicki Linton, DEWNR

Vicki-Jo Russell, Trees for Life

Environmental NGO contact

Jill Woodlands, Conservation SA

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