The South Australian Parliament passed the Natural Resources Management Act in 2004. It has often been said that many in the community do not understand what the Act is intended to achieve, nor the roles of the NRM Council and the NRM Boards.
In a move to raise levels of awareness and to alert farming communities to the potential benefits of working more collaboratively with the NRM system, an Action Plan has been developed between the NRM Council, the recently formed primary Producers SA, the NRM Boards, the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
These bodies have signed a declaration of understanding and intent to undertake a series of actions to improve the way the NRM system works with the Agricultural Sector in SA. These actions will address the following themes:
- A common purpose and understanding of the NRM
- Improved relationships and communication between the parties
- Improved function and design of the NRM system
- Improved processes for deciding what work gets done in the region and how it is done
- Improved ways to resolve conflict over the allocation and use of natural resources and
- Minimise the cost of any regulation or compliance
The Partners also agree that there must be tangible actions that make a difference and show real improvements. State-wide actions are necessary to deal with improvements in legislation, state policy and agency practices and procedures. Actions need to make a demonstrable difference to the way in which the NRM system and the agriculture sector see each other and relate to one another. Actions also need to clearly demonstrate that NRM and agriculture will both benefit from a constructive and engaging relationship.
Riverland Wine welcomes this Action Plan and will work to ensure members are informed and involved as the plans are implemented.
For more information go to: pir.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/209971/92406_NRM_Ag_declaration_plan.pdf