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Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

We have made submissions to the Federal Department of Environment regarding the listing of the Australian Sea Lion, Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagle under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. We requested that some specific coastal and marine developments in the Chain of Bays be considered as "Controlled Actions" because they posed a threat to these listed species.

Eyre Peninsula Coastal Development Strategy

We made submissions to this important review of planning and development along the coastal councils of Eyre Peninsula. The Eyre Peninsula Coastal Development Strategy was conducted by the Planning SA and the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association, under the direction of the then Planning Minister Trish White. Our submissions pointed to the outstanding environmental, scenic and social values of the Chain of Bays, and we argued that local government development plans and development assessment structures and processes failed to provide adequate assessment of the environmental impacts, and especially the cumulative impacts, of coastal development. We pointed out that the boundary of the coastal zone needed to include areas that are subjected to dynamic coastal processes, such as coastal dunes, areas subject to flooding, coastal wetlands and coastal cliff-tops. We argued that this coastal zone should have stricter planning controls and more informed development assessment processes.

South Australian Parliament Joint Committee on Natural Resources

We made a detailed submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources Report on Coastal Development in South Australia , and met with Committee members on-site in the Chain of Bays in 2007. The Joint Parliamentary Committee was assessing coastal development in South Australia, and decided to visit the Chain of Bays because coastal development issues there had generated significant media attention and widespread concern. We organised a boat trip, with support from Alan Payne of Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, to show the Committee first-hand, the magnificent coastline between Sceale Bay and Baird Bay. We pointed out many of the natural features and threats to the natural environment. The final report on coastal development by this Committee included many references to our submissions.

Chain of Bays Management Action Plan

The Chain of Bays Management Action Plan was produced by The Friends of Sceale Bay in 2006, as part of a Federal "Envirofund" grant. The plan documented the environmental assets of each of the four bays in the Chain of Bays, and made recommendations for management actions. This plan provided important information for a 2007 State Government report, entitled "Report on opportunities for the protection of coastal land between Streaky Bay and Venus Bay through establishment of a Coastlinks Conservation Area" ("Coastlinks"). This report recommended significant additions to the conservation estate, the development of management plans for infrastructure, and the integration of policies and planning documents. We see the evolution of an integrated planning approach in partnership with State Government agencies, local government and community stakeholders as a logical progression of these published management plans.


Ecos is a science and nature magazine published by CSIRO. The natural assets of the Chain of Bays and the battle to have them protected are followed in two articles published in Ecos:

Download Ecos 140 LowRes21.pdf
Download ECOS 147 CSIRO - Chain of Bays - Securing our underwater bounty.pdf
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