On 15 May 2020, the Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designated Area) Amendment Bill 2020 was assented to, with important implications for South Australian councils.
As a consequence of the Bill’s insertion of section 5A into the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 (the Act), councils have the option of applying to the Minister for Primary Industries to remain an area in which no genetically modified food crops can be cultivated.
Based upon legal advice, the LGA has developed resources designed to assist councils prepare and potentially conduct community and stakeholder consultation on this issue and apply to the Minister for Primary Industries to remain free from genetically modified food crop cultivation.
Explanatory paper, includes the following templates:
- Template resolution for commencement of public consultation
- Template consultation newspaper notice
- Template consultation letter
- Template resolution to apply to Minister for Primary Industries
- Template application to be submitted by council to Minister for Primary Industries
- Template letter to Minister for Local Government seeking approval for council members with material conflicts of interest to participate in council meeting.
The explanatory note and resources noted above are available for member councils to download here.
The LGA have been informed that further advice regarding council public consultation and application processes is likely to be forthcoming from the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), in the coming weeks.