NRM South and Landcare Tasmania are leading Regional Information Sessions on the 16th, 18th and 19th of August to seek feedback from members of the Southern Tasmanian community about the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
The Australian Government this week released a National Landcare Programme Consultation Paper outlining the principles of the program and the proposed approach for delivery. The release of the paper was complemented by briefing sessions throughout the country. The Australian Government is now seeking feedback on how the program can best engage the community to effective manage our natural resources.
NRM South is one of 56 natural resource management organisations within Australia, and one of three in Tasmania. It is responsible for the development of the Natural Resource Management Strategy for Southern Tasmania and supports groups, organisations and individuals to contribute to regional priorities through programs and by providing access to grants, events, on ground support and capacity building.
NRM South CEO Donald Coventry says it is a unique opportunity to provide input into the programme, “This is a tremendous opportunity for individuals, organisations and groups who are interested in our natural environment to understand how the National Landcare Programme will operate and to provide feedback to the Australian Government on its proposed delivery.
“NRM South and Landcare Tasmania encourages all members of the community to come along to a Regional Information Session and discuss the new programme.”
Landcare Tasmania is the state peak membership body for community Landcare and provides an independent, representative voice supporting more than 200 Landcare groups across Tasmania. Landcare Tasmania represents, strengthens, supports and grows Tasmania’s community Landcare movement to improve the health of the state’s natural and working landscapes.
Landcare Tasmania CEO Mark Ritchie encourages community members to participate – “ It’s critically important that community Landcare members participate in this survey as it’s a significant opportunity to provide input into the direction of the new NLP and ensure that your voice is heard.”
As outlined in the National Landcare Programme Consultation Paper both organisations will play a key role in the delivery of the new programme.
Community members are also invited to provide feedback about the programme via the survey found at http://www.nrm.gov.au/funding/nlp/index.html
Regional Information Session will be held in the following locations:
Sorell 10-11.30am Saturday 16 August, Sorell Council Chambers, 47 Cole Street, Sorell
Kingston 4-5:30pm Monday 18 August, Kingston LINC meeting room, 11 Hutchins Street, Kingston
Glenorchy 4-5:30pm Tuesday 19 August, Glenorchy LINC “Elwick” meeting room, 4 Terry Street, Glenorchy
The sessions will to provide community landcare groups, not for profits, farmers and individuals involved in natural area restoration more information about the new National Landcare Programme, and be supported to provide feedback to the Australian Government about community views of natural resource management in Southern Tasmania.
More information and invitations to attend will be sent via our usual networks, enews and social media next week or you can register your interest to attend here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KXPW7HT
Feedback to the Australian Government’s survey on the National Landcare Programme closes 8pm 29th August.
In the coming months, NRM South will also be providing community within the Southern Region the opportunity to provide feedback on natural resource management and on programs run by NRM South. These opportunities will include:
- The Regional Information Sessions responding to the National Landcare Programme’s request for feedback
- Input into the new regional strategy via an online engagement portal and later in the year, through face to face consultation
- The release NRM South’s new user-focused website which is designed to grow and change with the needs of the community
- A NRM survey seeking feedback from members of the community about what is important to them in the southern region
- Release of stories about the great work and programs undertaken by the community in the last year