Amendments to the business and operational plan
The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board has amended its business and operational plan to raise additional income to meet a range of increased costs. These include the partial recovery of costs for water planning and management, and costs for administrative services that have been subsidised in the past.
These budget pressures require the board to find $3.5 million in 2015-16 and then approximately $4.5 million annually thereafter. Using independent socio-economic analysis the board considered how best to address this, while minimising the impact on the region’s levy payers, and maintaining commitment to the NRM plan and the actions needed to ensure the sustainability of the region’s natural resources.
A summary of the socio-economic analysis can be found in Appendix B of the business and operational plan.
The board's proposals to meet these budget pressures include:
- using retained earnings in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 years (subject to treasury approval) to minimise financial impacts for people who pay the NRM land-based or water levies
- reprioritising work programs
- maintaining its commitment to hold the NRM water levy at the same rate for three years
- introducing a modest increase in the NRM land-based levy over the three year life of the business plan.
The board is also taking this opportunity to make changes in the business and operational plan to reflect the local level planning that is now its focus.
The purpose of the local level planning is to better target projects towards key issues for each subregion in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges. This is done by first identifying key issues for each subregion, understanding those issues, and then developing projects that target actions to address these issues. This planning acts as a link between the strategic plan and on-ground local action.
Amending the business and operational plan fact sheet