Local level planning - subregions

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Plan is a high level strategic and business plan for the region. The purpose of the strategic plan is to provide the overall direction for all stakeholders, on the types of actions needed to address the ‘big’ natural resources issues. 

Because it is a high level plan, it doesn’t provide the detail to guide action at a local scale. A more detailed level of local planning now links the strategic plan to on-ground action.

Local level planning helps the board to:

  • be transparent and provide a consistent approach to investing in action
  • base investment decisions on the best available information
  • target action at the best possible point of intervention in the system.

Broadly there are two key components to the local level planning process:

  1. understanding local natural resources issues
  2. developing projects to address those issues.

An ‘issue’ is a planning term used to refer to one slice of a broader system which needs attention. In local-level planning, a system includes social, economic and biophysical components. A system can be broken down into issues in many ways.

Local-level planning is about describing an issue within a system, and mapping it so that it makes it possible to clearly see the cause and effect relationships, without getting bogged down in complexity. Systems are complicated, and therefore will always have multiple issues, with some that may overlap.

Based on the information collected during a regional planning process and a range of projects that the board has undertaken, an initial list of issues has been developed. This list is just a starting point. Issues will be added over time as they become apparent, and as issues are addressed by projects, they will drop off the list.

Issues lists can be seen under each regional conceptual model.

Related links

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges