Our region's progress
By investing the NRM Levy that is collected by local councils through rates notices, plus funding from State and Federal Government, we continue to improve, enhance and protect our natural resources. This is done through on ground works, education, landholder capacity building and community involvement.
Our achievement reports give a sample of the progress and success in the region to date, where future investment is needed and how you can get involved.
Achievement Report 2015-2016
Achievement Report 2010-2014
Achievement Report 2011-2012
Annual Report 2014-2015
Annual Report 2013-2014
Annual Report 2012-2013
Annual Report 2011-2012
Why we track progress
The South East Natural Resources Management (NRM) Plan sets out goals and targets to guide activities to improve natural resource outcomes in the South East.
There are two types of targets in the NRM Plan:
- resource condition targets (RCTs) that are long term (20 year) and reflect the desired state of our natural resources
- management action targets (MATs) that are shorter term (5 year) and represent ‘stepping stones’ of achievement towards improving the condition of the natural resources.
Details of these targets can be found in Volume 2 of the NRM Plan: Strategic Plan and a one page overview is also available.
It is important to monitor and report on progress against these targets to assess whether:
- the condition of natural resources is improving
- we have been successful in implementing the NRM Plan
- our projects are making a difference
- we can improve what we are doing.
How we track progress
There is a detailed monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework (MERI) for the NRM Plan. We measure progress made against the Management Action Targets (5-year targets) of the NRM Plan.
All of our projects are delivered following a Project Management Framework. One focus of the framework is reporting and evaluating what we are achieving and how we can improve our projects to create greater NRM outcomes. The monitoring and reporting we undertake assists us to integrate an adaptive management approach into the way we do business.
Rewriting the NRM Plan
In 2014, the SE NRM Board undertook a review of the 2010 Regional NRM Plan and decided to revise the plan. The new plan will be a simpler, more user-friendly document, more relevant to the community and will identify what is valued most about our region.
Along with improving community input into the Regional NRM Plan, there are a number of other good reasons for rewriting our Plan, including to:
- account for the potential impacts of climate change on our region.
- include additional knowledge about our natural resources that we have learnt since 2010
- better align with new State NRM Plan and State Strategic Plan
- develop new short-term management action targets as many in the 2010 Plan have been achieved.
Developing a new, values-based Regional NRM Plan
The current Regional NRM Plan is asset and issues-based, tackling things like pests, soils, biodiversity and water in isolation. The new approach will recognise how our systems work together and consider what action is needed to maintain the South East’s unique environmental, economic, social and cultural values.
We started in 2016 with a landscape survey that gave participants the opportunity to tell us what they valued most about where they lived, what were the biggest threats, and what actions could be taken to protect those values. We collected over 800 responses to that survey. We will use that data, along with the latest, best available science and local knowledge to 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. Find out more about the upcoming subregional workshops.
We are also engaging with key, natural resources-dependent industries in the region to understand how they operate and what issues they are facing.
There will be many opportunities for the community to be involved in the developing the new Plan - we are looking forward to working with you.