Freedom of Information Statement

(Last updated 27 November 2017)

This information is published in accordance with section 9 of the Freedom of Information Act 1991.

Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board structure and functions

A description of the structure and functions of the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board (the Board) can be found on the Natural Resources Northern and Yorke website at under ‘Our Board’.

The Board has a number of advisory committees in place that provide information and recommendations to support decision-making.


Ways in which the functions of the Board affect members of the public

The vision for the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board is:

“A prosperous sustainable region rich in diverse natural resources that are valued by an informed and passionate community”.

The mission for the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board is:

“To promote, coordinate and deliver integrated conservation and sustainable use of land, water, biodiversity, coastal and marine natural resources through effective planning, research and monitoring, and community development”.

The Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board was established on 9 December 2004 pursuant to section 23(1) of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. The role of the Board is to ensure integrated water, soil and pest animal and plant management throughout the Northern and Yorke region, across landscapes that in the past were dealt with individually under separate programs.

The Board is a group of community, state and local government members who make decisions about regional investment in natural resource management (NRM), derived from the NRM Levy, in conjunction with the Regional NRM Plan (the Plan).

The Plan guides the implementation of all natural resource management programs and policies in the Northern and Yorke region. Facilitated by the Board, it is based on input from numerous stakeholders, including the community, involved in natural resource management within the Northern and Yorke Region. 


Public participation

Collaboration between government, industry and the community lies at the heart of effective natural resources management. The Board’s priorities and its ways of working to promote collaboration and help build awareness of the importance of healthy natural resources to our wellbeing and economy.

The Board can only achieve its goals by working in partnerships with our valuable industry groups, schools, community groups and volunteers. Partnerships extend the benefits of our investment, and empower our community to also contribute to the sustainability of the region’s natural resources.

The Board undertakes genuine community consultation and develops key partnerships to ensure the values and concerns of the community are reflected in planning and program delivery.


Documents held by the Board

The documents held by the Board broadly include:

  • contract information

  • policy and procedure documents and guidelines to support the delivery of the Board’s operations

  • accounting and financial reports

  • minutes of meetings and terms of reference of the board and advisory committees

  • annual reports and strategic planning documents

  • administrative records

  • brochures, fact sheets, newsletters, photos and posters.


The listing of these documents does not necessarily mean all documents are accessible under the Freedom of Information Act 1991.

 Board policy documents

  • The Board’s policy documents can be broadly categorised in to the following areas:

  • financial management

  • asset management

  • governance

  • data and information

  • operational

  • strategic.


The community is central to formulation of any major policies relating to the Board’s functions. Any Board policy may be viewed by contacting the Natural Resources Centre Northern and Yorke on (08) 8841 3400.


Freedom of Information applications

For more information on how to make a Freedom of Information application and to download the most current application form, please visit the State Records of South Australia website at

Freedom of Information applications and enquiries for access to documents in the possession of the Board, and applications for amendment to personal records under the Freedom of Information Act 1991, should be addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer

Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

155 Main North Road

CLARE  SA  5453


For more information, please phone the Accredited Freedom of Information Officer for the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board on (08) 8841 3400 or email: Office hours are between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.