Genetically Modified (GM) Crops

10th July 2020

Kingston District Council is inviting public feedback on its ‘in principle’ position on legislation to allow GM Crops within the council area.

In May 2020, the South Australian Parliament passed legislation which lifted the moratorium on production of Genetically Modified (GM) crops within the state of South Australia.

The new legislation provides an opportunity for each individual Council area in South Australia to make an application to the Minister for Primary Industries to be designated a non-GM area, with the final decision to be made by the Minister.  Any application to the Minister must be on the grounds of marketing purposes, not based on opinion or ideological reasons (including environmental).

Kingston District Council considered this opportunity at its workshop of 16 June 2020, and was presented in a report to Council at its meeting of 23 June 2020 - the agenda and minutes of the meeting can be found here https://www.kingstondc.sa.gov.au/our-council/council-meeting/agendas-and-minutes.

Having considered the legislative changes to the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 and the effect on its community, Council’s ‘in principle’ position is that it will not make application to the Minister forthe designation of the council district as an area in which no genetically modified crops may be cultivated.  If no application is made, GM crops will be allowed in the Council area.

The information gathered will be used to inform Kingston District Council’s final position on this important matter.


How do I provide feedback on GM Crops?

Online Survey

Complete the online survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KDCGMCrops - to respond to specific questions about Council’s in principle position and to provide your feedback/general comment.  Submissions must include the name and residential address of the respondent and will be included in a report to Council which will be publicly available.  Note all feedback will be considered at the August ordinary council meeting.

One to One Discussion with a staff member

A staff member will be available for people to provide feedback and/or discuss the matter any time via phone or in person.

Written Submissions

All written submissions must be received by 5.00pm, Tuesday 4 August 2020 and should be addressed to:

Kingston District Council
PO Box 321
KINGSTON SE SA 5275


What happens to my feedback?

All submissions received will be considered in determining Council’s final position as to whether it will make application to the Minister. All feedback will be presented to Council in the form of a report at its August ordinary Council meeting.


More information

More information on GM food crops in South Australia is available from the following links:

KDC - Genetically Modified (GM) Crops - Submission Form

Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004(External link)

PIRSA information on GM Crops(External link)

Independent GM Review