posted 13 March, 2024

Natural resource management commitment welcomed by NRMs


Tasmania’s three natural resource management organisations have welcomed the commitment by the Tasmanian Liberals to increase core services funding over the next two years.

The announcement comes as part of a $27.7 million suite of investments for the agriculture sector. A letter from Premier Jeremy Rockliff to the state’s three NRM bodies details the provision of a $3.264 million package over the next two years, increasing the core funding commitment to each of the NRM organisations to $544k per year. This is a key part of the Tasmanian Liberals ‘2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future’ to support Tasmania’s agricultural industry.

NRM North, NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM are delighted by the commitment that acknowledges the importance of natural resource management across the state.

Cradle Coast NRM Chair, Peter Voller, said the work of NRMs supports not only agriculture, but directly and indirectly benefits our fisheries, forestry, renewable energy, and tourism industries.

“Our work aims to improve the health of our landscapes, water resources, threatened species and ecological communities, and improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of farmers – all of which underpin our major industries,” 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.

“We have a proven track record of project design and delivery in natural resource management and this funding will help us to continue to work collaboratively with our partners on projects that are vital to Tasmania” said Peter.