Draft 10-year NRM Plan open for comment

Feedback on the draft Regional NRM Plan 2017-2027 including the 3-year Business Plan 2017/18-2019/20 closed on 8 December 2016. All feedback has been considered by the Board and copies of the Plan with recommended amendments forwarded to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation for his consideration, ahead of expected adoption for 1 July 2017

The South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board has released its draft Regional NRM Plan 2017-2027 for public consultation and is keen to collect your feedback.

The draft Regional NRM Plan provides guidance for the planning, actions and investments of all government, industries and communities involved in natural resources management in the SA Arid Lands region over the next 10 years as well as a 3-year Business Plan to guide the Board’s own investments.

Underpinned by our community values, it introduces a new ‘systems approach’ to natural resources management that looks at the interaction of the region’s natural resources – our plants, animals, soil and water – within our landscape and the extent to which they are able to sustain how we live and earn an income.

Through the release of the draft Plan, the Board is keen to open conversations with community about our region and how we can combine our community values with local knowledge and scientific evidence to make decisions and respond to what is driving change in the region.

So, what’s new in this Plan?

The Plan:  

  • uses an evidence based, systems approach which shifts the focus from the region’s individual assets – soils, plants, animals, water, industries, people, towns – to consider how they interact as a system, and what is driving change to those systems
  • requires us to work in partnership with our stakeholders and community to hold what may be difficult conversations to navigate that change and to prioritise management actions
  • acknowledges the different views and values that our community holds about the region
  • takes account of new research, policies and legislation, and strengthens our response to climate change.

The draft Regional NRM Plan sets up an ongoing process to:

  • work with community on sharing knowledge about how our systems function
  • identify how we want our region to look (good versus bad condition)
  • define what is driving change to our region, districts and ecological systems.

How to provide your feedback

We encourage you to download an information pack comprising:

You may also contact the Natural Resources Centre in Port Augusta 8648 5300 if you would like an information pack mailed to you.

Submit a feedback form

You may provide your feedback using the summary sheet as a guide and submit a written or email response using this Feedback Form. Alternatively fill out our online Feedback Form.

Written submissions can be sent to: Presiding Member, South Australian Arid Lands NRM Board, PO BOX 78, Port Augusta SA 5700

Attend a community group meeting

Community group meetings where you can also provide your feedback will be held in the following locations:

Thursday 20 October
Marree Innamincka District
Innamincka Hotel, 6-7.30pm  

Friday 21 October
Gawler Ranges NRM Group meeting
Port Augusta Railway Station, 2pm 

Monday 7 November
Marla Oodnadatta NRM Group meeting
Coober Pedy, CFS Shed, 1pm 

Thursday 10 November
North East Pastoral NRM Group meeting
Olary, Olary Hotel, 3.30pm

Wednesday 16 November
The Joinery 4.30pm
111 Franklin Street, Adelaide 

Thursday 17 November
North Flinders Cat Trapping Workshop
Mt Little Station, 12.15 - 1.15pm (during lunch break)

Saturday 3 December
Kingoonya district
Mt Vivian, 4.30pm

For further information contact the Natural Resources Centre in Port Augusta 8648 5300.

Feedback closes at 5pm on 8 December 2016.

How will your input be used?

Your feedback matters and may be used in a variety of ways:

  • to alter the draft Plan
  • to inform our ongoing delivery of the Plan, and/or;
  • to contribute to the ongoing collection of knowledge and data which will further build our evidence library and understanding of the region and its systems.

All feedback will be considered by the SA Arid Lands NRM Board in finalising the draft Regional NRM Plan at its meeting on 13-14 December 2016.

A Consultation Report will also be prepared summarising the efforts made to consult on the Plan and providing a summary of feedback received and the Board’s response. 

The Regional NRM Plan with any amendments and the Consultation Report will be forwarded to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation for consideration and adoption by June 2017. 

The Consultation Report will be made available at www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/aridlands when the Plan is adopted.