posted 13 March, 2024

Increased support for Tasmania’s NRMs forms part of funding commitment


Tasmania’s three natural resource management organisations have welcomed this week’s commitment by Tasmanian Labor to increase core services funding to NRM North, NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM.

For an initial period of two years, the $1.2 million per annum commitment will be in addition to current funding levels, bringing state government core funding for Tasmania’s NRMs to $633k per year. In a joint letter to the state’s three NRM bodies this funding was described as forming a key part of Tasmanian Labor’s commitment to sustainable environmental management.

NRM North, NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM are delighted by this acknowledgement of the importance of natural resource management across the state.

Cradle Coast NRM Chair, Peter Voller, said Tasmania’s NRMs play a crucial role in addressing challenges and upholding the crucial role of sustainability in our natural systems—a cornerstone of Tasmania’s economy.

“Our strategies encompass natural disaster recovery, climate change impacts, water security, and the conservation and sustainable use of Tasmania’s natural assets. This comprehensive approach benefits various industries, including farming, fishing, forestry, tourism, and renewable energy, supporting deep value chains and ensuring better outcomes for both nature and people,” he said.

The ability of NRMs to leverage further funding for vital projects will be improved by this support. From every $1 of foundational funding, NRMs leverage $19 for projects that build community capacity, deliver change, promote resilience, and achieve on-ground results, which will continue to be the key focus.

“Our NRM framework provides cost-effective, and strategic pathways to deliver real outcomes on ground for our regions,” said Peter. “With environmental accountability steering future national and international investment, Tasmania’s NRMs are well-equipped to assist the state government in securing investment and benefits for Tasmania, aligning with sustainability goals.”