Following the South Australian Government’s lifting of the moratorium on growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops in South Australia on 15th May 2020 (excluding Kangaroo Island), local councils were offered the opportunity to make a request to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to designate council areas as non-GM crop areas.
We would like to congratulate the City of Onkaparinga, on the southern fringe of Adelaide, for their comprehensive community engagement process, which has led to a decision by their council to proceed with an application to the SA Government to designate their council area as a non-GM crop area.
The significant community and business support for this application can be seen by examining the submissions now available on the Your Say Onkaparinga page here: https://yoursay.onkaparinga.sa.gov.au/gm-crops.
We especially thank and congratulate Australian Organic Limited Director, Vigneron Advisory Committee Chair and Managing Director of Gemtree Wines Mike Brown, National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), Grain Producers SA, and McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association (MVGWTA) for their contributions.
The Minister is expected to make a determination that will be Gazetted (made law) by 15th November 2020.