Development that impedes producers’ right to farm

Oct 28, 2016

The issue

Grain is grown on some of the most valuable and productive agricultural land in South Australia. However, alternate land uses such as mining, wind farms, housing and gas exploration can threaten producers’ ability to produce food and erode their rights to farm.

GPSA’s position

GPSA does not support alternate land use developments in long-established, highly-profitable and intensive grain growing regions renowned internationally for production of quality grain.

In 2017, GPSA has been consulting with grain producers on the State Government's Leading Practice Mining Acts Review. GPSA is preparing a submission for the Department of State Development - the government department conducting the review - which is due on Friday 31 March 2017.

GPSA opposed the Rex Minerals Hillside Mine near Ardrossan because it was not clear how the Yorke Peninsula families involved, food production and South Australia’s global reputation for superior agricultural products would be protected. GPSA was also concerned about the untold stress on the families and businesses affected and how their fertile farm land will be destroyed by an open-cut mine and a mountain of overburden and impurities.

GPSA also recently opposed the Ceres Wind Farm development on Yorke Peninsula in a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines. GPSA opposed the development because of the:

  • Impacts of turbines on crop management, such as aerial application of fertiliser and chemical.
  • Impact of turbines on fire-fighting efforts, particularly aerial water bombers.
  • Unknown effect on global positioning system technology.
  • Impact on meeting increased international grain demand, with agribusiness tipped to be one of the top five ‘super-growth’ sectors of the next 20 years.
  • Financial impost on grain growing businesses for farm managers and owners to understand, and if necessary argue, the impact

Read the GPSA Ceres Wind Farm Submission

All policy points