The Future of Natural Resource Management

20 April 2017

The Liberal Party is currently consulting with stakeholders regarding South Australia's Natural Resource Management system.

The Liberal Party is currently consulting with stakeholders regarding South Australia's Natural Resource Management system.

In 2004 the State Labor Government introduced what became known as ‘integrated’ natural resources management (NRM), an approach which amalgamated the roles and responsibilities of 27 soil boards, 27 pest animal and plant boards and eight water catchment boards into eight separate NRM regions with their own board.

It was claimed that this new structure would lead to greater transparency, consultation, support for land managers and a balance between the ‘environmental, economic and social values’ of our natural resources. While this sounds great on paper, I fear that the reality has been somewhat different as people continually tell me that the structure is bureaucratic and has disenfranchised many local communities and volunteer groups, while failing to maintain vital programs.

I believe that there are phenomenal opportunities to transform NRM in South Australia, and to establish a system which strikes an appropriate balance between environmental preservation, productive land use and the empowerment of people and communities closest to the land.

To help us get NRM right, we want to hear from about whether this system is currently working for you and what you think the reform priorities should be.

If we win the next state election, we want to get to work on fixing this system from day one. Your feedback will help us do that.

Take our NRM survey