South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


72. Nature conservation:

Increase participation in nature conservation activities by 25% by 2015

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Volunteer activities cover a wide range of activities in Parks including soil and land management and re-vegetation, native animal and plant surveys, fire management, trail maintenance, weed and pest control, public education, and heritage site restoration. 

In 2013-14, the number of volunteer days spent on nature conservation and land management projects on parks each year was 6,000 which is lower than the 22,101 volunteer days recorded in 2010-11 (baseline year). 

These figures confirm a projected decline in volunteering hours identified in the 2013 State Report Card, and is due in part to a declining numbers of both volunteer groups and overall volunteer numbers, and a change to how the volunteer statistics are now calculated. Statistics for 2012-13 and 2013-14 are likely to be skewed due to the changeover of the system and are expected to stabilise more accurately in 2014-15.

One example of a significant increase in volunteering during this period is the Campground Host Program which saw an increase from 10 hosts in 2011 to 62 hosts in 2013, and a total of 580 days of volunteering in 2013.

Lead Agency

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources