Our region's plan

Healthy landscapes for better living

The long-term vision of the Regional NRM Plan is ‘Healthy landscapes for better living’.  The Plan sets goals and targets to achieve this vision. It balances the environmental, economic, social and cultural needs for our natural resources, and guides the allocation of the NRM levy and other funding to NRM programs that are priorities of the community and legislative responsibilities of the Board. It outlines a range of programs to help protect ground and surface water, ensure sustainable industries, achieve best practice land management, conserve natural ecosystems, and encourage community participation.

The NRM Plan is made up of four volumes:

The Regional NRM Plan is aligned with the State NRM Plan South Australia 2012-2017 .

Find out about the progress being made against the NRM Plan targets. 

Business Plan 2016/17-2018/19

 Why review and amend the Business Plan?

  • In June 2015, the State Government handed down the 2015/16 State Budget that included a measure to recover part of the Government’s Water Planning and Management costs through regional NRM levies from 2015/16 onwards.
  • The South East will be required to cover 33.42% of these costs, which equates to $2.26M.
  • In addition there are the increased costs from the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources DEWNR in delivering the Board’s work program.
  • These changes in costs are the primary drivers for the review of the Business Plan. 

Community consultation on the draft Business Plan

  The SE NRM Board conducted extensive community consultation on the draft Business Plan, including:

  • 3 public meetings
  • 17 meetings with stakeholder groups
  • 8 ‘Listening posts’ at community events or locations with attended by SE NRM Board members and Natural Resources South East staff, where interested members of the public could drop by and discuss the draft Business Plan.

We engaged with over 400 people at meetings and events, and the Board received 74 written submissions on the draft Business Plan.

Response to feedback received

Many submissions opposed the proposal that the NRM land levy be based on the capital value of land. Considering this feedback, the SE NRM Board proposed a method for raising the land levy that uses a flat rate based on the purpose for which the land is used. This method reflects that some landowners receive greater NRM benefits from the levy dollars spent, but reduces the impact on those landowners that are asset rich and income poor. The categories proposed to be used to differentiate the purpose of use of land are - residential, vacant land, commercial, industrial and primary production.

The Board is required to meet its obligations to partially recover the costs for State Water Planning and Management activities and DEWNR corporate costs, and has reviewed its 2016/17 work program reducing the proposed work program by 10.8% (decreasing the overall amount required to be raised through NRM levies by $530,000).

What does the Business Plan deliver for our region? 
The Board has prepared a Highlights and Stories of 2014-2015 report which highlights some of the key recent natural resource management achievements delivered through investment of NRM levies in 2014/15. You can access our Highlights and stories 2014-2015 here. (low resolution A4 web version).

Why are we rewriting the NRM Plan?

In 2014, the SE NRM Board undertook a review of the 2010 Regional NRM Plan. Following the review, which included broad consultation with stakeholders and partners, the Board decided to revise the plan. The new plan will aim to be a simpler, more user-friendly document and be more relevant to the community by identifying what is valued most about our region.

Aside from improving community input into the Regional NRM Plan, there are a number of other good reasons for rewriting our Plan.

We need to account for the potential impacts of climate change on our region. That’s about identifying priority locations and activities that might be particularly sensitive to climate change, understanding potential impacts and developing strategies to adapt to changes in climate.

We also know more about our natural resources since our last Plan was adopted in 2010.

There is a new State NRM Plan and State Strategic Plan, which we need to realign with.

And finally, we’ve reached many of our short-term management action targets and we need to think about developing new ones.

Developing a new, values-based Regional NRM Plan

The current Regional NRM Plan is asset and issues-based and tackles things like pests, soils, biodiversity and water in isolation.

The new approach will recognise how these assets interact at a subregional level within the South East, and considers each subregion’s unique environmental, economic, social and cultural values.

This means that assets such as communities, industries, water, land and biodiversity will be considered as whole systems. We will be working both with your values and the science to understand how these systems operate in the region.

Underpinning each community member’s views are values, something – be it for environmental, economic, social or cultural reasons – that people want to protect. The Board has been working with the community to understand what you value and how you would prioritise work in the region.

It’s your place. Tell us what matters to you.

How you can be involved

The new Plan will provide a community mandate for directing regional NRM activities.

We have already been busy collecting data on your values, through last year’s telephone and web-based surveys and at the South East Field Days. We plan to soon engage with the different industries in the region, to understand how they operate and what issues they are facing.

We’re starting with what you value, and then we’ll add in what science and local knowledge is telling us about threats and pressures to those values.

Then, we’ll work with you to find out what we should be prioritising and where we should be making management interventions. We want your innovative ideas and new directions and to identify valuable work that is underway and should continue.


Other plans for the region

Other key plans for the South East include: