The State Government wants to change the way our natural resources are managed. The proposed reforms will focus on empowering local communities and land managers to be directly responsible for sustainably managing their region’s natural resources – with an emphasis on soil quality, water management and pest plant and animal control. This will involve significant reforms to the NRM system.
The proposed changes include:
- Creating nine new Landscape Boards to replace the NRM Boards
- Putting people at the heart of managing our natural resources, recognising that those who work and live on the land are well placed to manage and sustain it
- Creating a simpler, flexible and accessible system for managing natural resources, with decentralised decision-making
- Capping annual land and water levy rises at a rate set by an independent body or according to CPI
- Establishing a $2m statewide Landscape Priorities Fund and Grassroots Grant program for volunteer community and not-for-profit groups to access.
The Government wants to hear what people think about the reforms, and a community forum will be held at the Berri Bowling Club on Monday September 3 from 2pm.
For more information, or to have your say before September 20, visit the website.