Volunteers play a major role in natural resource management (NRM) in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region. Their contribution of time, energy, expertise, equipment and resources is extremely valuable and underpins the sustainable management of our region's natural resources.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience for people of all ages. Volunteers make new friends, learn new things, have fun and keep fit – all in the beautiful surroundings of the SA Murray-Darling Basin!
Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin has developed a volunteer strategy to increase the contribution of, and support for, NRM volunteering in the region. To achieve this aim, the following objectives have been identified:
- improve recognition and acknowledgment of volunteer contributions and skills
- increase recruitment of new volunteers
- ensure effective communication between volunteers and other stakeholders
- provide adequate funding to support volunteer programs
- ensure the safety and well being of NRM volunteers
- establish effective management and governance systems for volunteer programs
- develop knowledge and skills of volunteers and volunteer managers
- ensure technical support is available to volunteers.
There are many opportunities to get involved as a volunteer and a range of programs to ensure volunteers are supported and recognised for their valuable work.
NRM Volunteer Small Grants
The NRM Volunteer Small Grants support the efforts of volunteers in the SA Murray-Darling Basin who are working to protect and restore the natural resources of our region. The Grants are for community volunteer groups involved in natural resources management activities in the SA Murray-Darling Basin and can be used for whatever volunteer groups need to make their work safer, more effective, or more enjoyable!
A call for grant applications opened 1 February 2017 and closed on 28 February 2017, with 55 project applications successful in receiving funding for their project.
Final Reports for these applications are due to Kathy Hill by 10 November 2017. The NRM Volunteer Final Report template can be found here.