1. Land and Water Management Plans (LWMPs) were developed in the early to mid 1990’s with community input but these had been written without a clear framework or plan. Concern over the level of environmental impact still occurring in the Pike River area both in terms of water quality and floodplain health resulted in the formal establishment of the Pike River Land Management Group (PRLMG) in the early part of 2004.
  2. In 2005, PRLMG commissioned a consulting company to upgrade the Pike River LWMP in line with new guidelines and this provided the impetus for the SA Government and community to come together to address the complex problems identified in the Pike. If left unaddressed it was understood that these problems would affect the long-term sustainability of irrigation in the region and the long-term sustainability of the natural resources, primarily the Pike floodplain.
  3. Since the release of the Pike Land and Water Management Plan in 2005, both community and the SA Government have invested time and resources developing the Pike Implementation Plan which provides a detailed explanation of solutions to protect the assets of the Pike (flowing water courses, permanent wetlands, temporary wetlands, red gum woodlands, lignum shrublands, chenopod shrublands/grasslands, black box woodlands and dunes, threatened species). Both the Implementation Plan and the associated Investment Proposal have been developed and endorsed by the scientific community, the general community and the SA and Commonwealth Governments.
  4. To obtain maximum benefits for each of the stakeholders involved, it is essential that the PIP integrates projects which address a sustainable water supply for irrigators, domestic and industrial users, salinity problems and the declining health of the floodplain. It is now important that management actions outlined in the Implementation Plan are implemented in an integrated fashion in order to protect the significant ecological, cultural heritage, and economic values of the Pike region.restoration