Projects in the region
A range of programs and projects put natural resources management (NRM) into action in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) region.
These programs and projects focus on making sure the needs of the environment are balanced with the needs of the community. They deliver on environmental targets set out in the region’s NRM plan. This plan was developed by the AMLR NRM Board in consultation with the community, and is delivered by Natural Resources AMLR. The board collaborates with many stakeholders to manage the region’s land, water and native plant and animal resources.
These programs and projects are made possible by the NRM levy, and funding from the state and federal government, as well as community and industry partnerships.
Investment highlights 2014-15
The 11,000 square kilometres of the AMLR region covers metropolitan Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Barossa Valley and coastal waters of Gulf St Vincent. The region’s 1.3 million people live and work in landscapes ranging from highly developed urban and farming land to remnant bushland and coastal areas.
During 2014-15, numerous activities were conducted to develop and maintain productive and sustainable landscapes for all.
For a full list of achievements you can read the report here.
Highlights for 2014-15 include:
- Sampson Flat bushfire recovery. In January 2015, a bushfire burned over 11,500 ha in the hills. Staff visiting affected properties and providing technical advice, financial incentives, along with awareness-raising and capacity-building activities to assist landholders to recover from the fire and to avoid potential negative environmental impacts.
- $3,093,752 provided in direct NRM funding to local government.
- Parks and Schools pilot launched.
- New local weed outbreaks found and eradicated: Hudson Pear, Devil’s Rope, Spiny Rush, Buffel Grass.
- Board-funded volunteer programs saw over $4,096,785 of in-kind effort contributed by community volunteer groups and individuals.
- $270,380 in grants was distributed to agricultural industry groups to increase profitability while reducing environmental impacts.
- 155 landholders across 5,015 hectares were supported to improve landscape health and to increase the profitability of production in an environmentally sustainable way.
- 1,426 km of pest plants were controlled along road reserves.
- Technical and financial support provided to 322 landholders across 4,511 hectares to protect and improve native habitat.
- 32,425 volunteer hours dedicated to protecting and improving remnant habitat.
- 1,634 teachers and 4,550 students in 262 schools and preschools were involved in the development of new school environment management plans, under the guidance of NRM Education.
- 100+ community members trained as Coastal Ambassadors.
- Water sensitive urban design capacity-building program launched, attracting widespread interest.
- 3 new monitoring programs on estuary fish, marine bio-fouling and native vegetation.