Focusing our action: Our NRM Plan
The Natural Resource Management Plan (NRM Plan) for South East Queensland is at the heart of what we do, driving the focus of our action across the region.
South East Queensland commenced formulating the first iteration of the plan some 20 years ago, and like our environment and ecosystems, it has been adapted to our dynamic, changing environment ever since.
Every five years, Healthy Land and Water leads the review of the plan, identifying the latest and most accurate data and analysis methods. Progress against a set of targets is measured, with support from academic/research bodies, government, and community experts. Change is compared to a baseline for each target, created in 2009 when the first plan was endorsed.
The NRM Plan integrates and balances the array of competing economic, cultural, and environmental factors to guide collaborative strategies and actions which produce benefits for the whole community.
This review process is currently underway, with a view to releasing an updated plan for the region in 2021.
Healthy Land and Water is focused on ensuring the priorities are moving with and adapting to the changing environments and supporting communities in the best way possible.
We are using our expert science advisory committees for high level guidance and to provide quality assurance and rigour. This group is also charged with determining if the trends detected in the last review are continuing or have since changed.
In addition to the advisory committees, there is a wide scope of other committees and stakeholders providing crucial input to ensure the NRM Plan captures the aspirations of the South East Queensland community, who are ultimately the owners of the plan.
A strong plan for South East Queensland
The strength of the NRM Plan is that it is our community’s plan to protect and enhance our region’s natural assets.
"It has been carefully crafted and adapted over time by a broad collaboration of experts to integrate and balance competing economic, cultural and environmental factors to produce benefits for the whole community"
- Dr Grace Muriuki, Strategic Science Manager
It has been carefully crafted and adapted over time by a broad collaboration of experts to integrate and balance competing economic, cultural and environmental factors to produce benefits for the whole community.
The best way to achieve outcomes for our region is by taking an integrated view – our environs, our people, our economy and our lifestyles.
The Natural Resource Management Plan for South East Queensland helps guide us through the intricacies of managing the process of change in a complex environment.
It guides the focus of action by Healthy Land and Water, providing targets by which we can measure the health of our natural resources.
The current review will ensure the NRM Plan is best placed to lead us into the next 10 years.